Downtown Indy’s Milano Inn to close its doors after serving up Italian food for 82 years

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A culinary staple in downtown Indianapolis will close its doors for good at the end of the year.

The owners of the Milano Inn, Tina & Gina LaGrotte, announced Monday night that they plan to close and sell the restaurant after New Year’s Eve.

“As many know, the restaurant business is all consuming and with personal changes going on in our lives, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the business and sell,” said the owners in a statement.

The restaurant was opened at 231 S. College Ave. in 1934 by Mary and Joe Modaffari, serving traditional Italian fare including spaghetti and meatballs, manicotti and pizza.

In the early 1980s, after Mary and Joe’s passing, the restaurant was doomed to be torn down, but was saved by Leo LaGrotte, who owned a nearby salvage business.  The LaGrottes have owned and operated it since. When Leo passed away, his daughters, Tina and Gina, took over.

“Growing up in the restaurant as a family affair, the Milano Inn will always be a huge part of who we are and who we have become, but it is time for us to now fully embrace the next chapter in our lives,” said the owners.

Tina LaGrotte encourages fellow restaurateurs interested in hiring loyal and dependable employees to contact her at the Milano Inn.

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