Milan Catering and Event Designs

Tampa | St. Petersburg | Sarasota | Boca Grande | Fort Myers

About this Vendor

Tampa St. Petersburg Sarasota Fort Myers Catering

Milan Catering and Event Design is a full service catering company with four catering kitchens from Tampa Bay to Fort Myers. The secret to our delicous menus is that we have professional chefs who prepare every ingredient and cook on-site in our mobile kitchens. Our on-site chefs allow us to offer you Guest Choice Tableside (guests order entrees once seated), Family Style (platters of food delivered to each guest table) Walking Receptions ( an elegant, extended cocktail hour) and Action Stations. We also offer the three most important wedding planning services: Vendor Selection and Management, Styling and Day of Coordination. Because this division is an extension of Milan (Tampa and Sarasota Wedding Gallery - Knot listed), you are only one phone call away to a perfect day


Price Range

$$$ – Moderate


African, Cajun, Hawaiian, Northeastern, Southern, Southwestern, American, Chinese, Eastern European, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, BBQ, Fusion, Seafood, Specialty, Thai

Dietary Options

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Halal, Nut Free, Organic, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Wedding Categories

Buffet, Chef Stations, Family Style, Menu Tastings, Passed Appetizers, Seated Meal, Food + Catering, Service Staff

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Contact Info

4141 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, FL Tampa | St. Petersburg | Sarasota | Boca Grande | Fort Myers (941) 312-0000

Reviewed on 2/12/2018 Amanda D

We were just married at the Powel Crosley Estate In Sarasota FL and we went with Milan Catering and Event Designs to help make our dream wedding come true. EVERYTHING was absolutely PERFECT! Anastasia Taylor was our head coordinator and she was amazing to work with from day 1.... Read More From the tasting, to the timelines, any questions I had she was prompt to answer and offer suggestions on anything I was unsure of. There are so many moving parts to a wedding and Anastasia certainly knew what to do to have the dream come together! The food with Milan Catering was UNBELIEVABLE! We had guests coming up to us ALL night on how amazing it was and that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding! The staff was incredible, friendly, prompt, and again, Anastasia and her assistant coordinator Lauren were just incredible in making our wedding day flow and come together PERFECTLY!! You always hear that "something will go wrong or not according to plan on wedding day" but with Milan Catering and Event Design that was not the case... there was literally NOTHING that went wrong and it was absolutely the greatest night of our lives.

2018-02-28T04:23:48 Response from the vendor

Amanda, It was such a pleasure to get to know you over the year of planning your dream wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate. You have been so sweet and easy going throughout the whole process. We know planning a wedding can be stressful so... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/15/2018 Marie R

I am SO thankful for Milan Catering and our Coordinator, Anastasia! I was married at the Powel Crosley at the end of February and our day was better than we ever expected. We had a short 4 month engagement and had hired a caterer early on in the planning process. Unfortunately... Read More though, after certain situations and some conversations we felt that the first caterer would not be the best fit. With just 6 weeks till the wedding, I reached out to Milan to see if they could help us. From day one with Erin in sales who went above and beyond, the amazing Chef Roberta, and the fabulous coordinator Anastasia, we were beyond impressed. We felt CONFIDENT right away and knew we didn’t have anything to worry about with Milans' team. The food was incredible, along with the service. Many guests have told us that they felt honored to be at the wedding and that it was an amazing experience for them as well. Anastasia has a calm demeanor, eased our minds, and kept the day running smoothly. I had such a stress free day and wedding week because I knew we made the best decision with Milan. It is worth it to hire people you can TRUST! You cannot go wrong with this team!!!

2018-03-23T16:49:11 Response from the vendor

Marie, We are in awe of this wonderful review written by you! Thank you kindly! Even though we worked with you for only a short while, we loved every minute of it! Thank you for trusting our process and having confidence in us that we... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/04/2018 Brandi G

Milan Catering was a fantastic choice! Throughout the entire wedding planning process, Erin was incredibly helpful. The day of the wedding coordinator, Laura, was attentive, professional, and is amazing at her job! I would recommend Milan with 100% confidence that they’ll make... Read More your day seamlessly perfect.

2018-02-28T04:25:03 Response from the vendor

Our thanks again. 100% perfect on our side too!

Reviewed on 4/11/2018 Ashley T

We just had our wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate and were beyond happy with how everything we went! Originally, we had booked another caterer but were struggling to get in contact with them and they did not provide a great planning experience. I was concerned so we gave Milan... Read More a call, and I am so glad we did! Chef Roberta and Laura were amazing, they worked with us to make sure that every detail was exactly how we wanted. The food was delicious and the service was excellent, all our guests said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to! And I cannot go on enough about how great Laura was. We booked her for day-of coordination and she helped us with planning the timeline, laying out the tables, and so much more. She was so thorough and went above and beyond with everything she did. Looking back, we couldn't of done it without her! She made the wedding day run smoothly and made the planning process a fun and enjoyable process. I couldn't recommend them enough!

Reviewed on 3/28/2018 Lydia W

Milan Catering did NOT disappoint! We have been to so many weddings where the food was sub-par due to trying to cook for too many guests at once, and were nervous that it was going to be hard to accommodate all 156 of our guests. But the food and service were both AMAZING! We... Read More had family, friends and guests telling us how delicious the appetizers and entrees were throughout the night. Thank you to all of the Milan staff and especially Chef Roberta for helping our day and night come together flawlessly! We highly recommend!

Reviewed on 3/14/2018 Kaitlyn K

They are easy to work with, professional and the food is wonderful! However, they did fail to mention some extra fees until it was two weeks before my wedding. Also, if there is a last minute guest count change (within two weeks) they can not refund your money.

2018-03-14T12:09:29 Response from the vendor

Unfortunately, if guests do not show up on your wedding, we already have the food on-site along with all of the rentals. Doesnt' happen often, but does happen. If the DJ needs a linen, that is added as an additional fee of $18.50. So glad... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/13/2018 Hlin K

We got married at the Powel Crosley and went with Milan Catering. They were absolutely perfect in every way. Laura our wedding planer was so much help both with the planing and on the day of our wedding. She was hands on with everything - from watching out for my little girls to... Read More even lending me a shoulder to hang on when getting dressed. We couldn't have done it with out her. We miss Laura and everyone from Milan catering already :) The food was delicious and even though we had "budget" decorations Laura made the dining room look gorgeous!! Outstanding service and you cant go wrong with choosing Milan catering.

2018-03-14T12:13:05 Response from the vendor

This couple was from Iceland so Laura did alot of skyping to get them organized. They came to us in 3 months from their wedding date, with the majority of planning the week before! Loved that we could to styling as part of the wedding... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/25/2018 Allie A

Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT use Milan Catering. The wedding was an incredible day, but there were several issues that are currently being addressed. First of all, the head chef was extraordinarily rude to my family as was her staff. For starters, she breached contract on... Read More several accounts, and didn’t pull through with several promises she had made. She stated that she would be at the venue all evening, and left the venue in the early afternoon. So when there were problems that were needing to be addressed, she was nowhere to be found. The staff was rude, they were LATE (after we paid for extra time), they weren't considerate of food allergies, they did not even have WATER on the tables for the guests, they didn't feed the vendors, AND they didn't serve the bride and groom hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. Hopefully others won't use Milan Catering. Sad. I had high hopes for this company. If I could give negative stars, I would.

2018-02-27T13:53:46 Response from the vendor

This is not the bride, but the MOG's review. It is disheartening when the couple chose a particular service and style, and others, the day of the wedding, try to change it. As a general rule, we follow the couples wishes for the style of... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 2/03/2018 Jennifer O

Amazing amazing amazing! They made sure my wedding was perfect in every way. The food tasted phenomenal. The cake was INCREDIBLE. I showed them a photo and they replicated it completely. Anastasia was amazing and did everything she could to make sure the wedding ran smoothly. I... Read More couldn't be happier!

2018-02-28T04:25:58 Response from the vendor

Jenni, We are so thrilled that you loved the cake! The cake was one of our favorite moments of your wedding as well. We love how it made a great conversation piece for your guests and a delicious, sweet ending to the night! Thank you... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/27/2018 Torie H

Milan is an amazing caterer. From beginning to end, everything was organized and a smooth process thanks to the staff. They all were extremely helpful will all of my guests. Food was fantastic and we got so many compliments. At the end of the night, it was just the best day... Read More ever! Book them!

2018-02-28T04:27:46 Response from the vendor

Erin, Thank you for your kind words regarding our food and services! Our team always makes sure that the family, bridal party and most importantly, the bride and groom are well fed throughout cocktail hour and during dinner. We are also so pleased to hear... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 1/26/2018

WOW! That was what every single guest said after my wedding. Milan's service was impeccable, the staff was the nicest and very professional. As the Bride and Groom, they made sure we and all of our wedding party had food to enjoy during pictures. The dinner was amazing as we... Read More were able to offer our guests three entree meat choices and every one was delicious. My guests all remarked on how classy the evening felt and that we (yes, we took the credit) had really thought about our guests. The craziest part, I had contacted other caterers, but Milan was one of the most open about all of additional items that go into a wedding, some even would not commit to a dollar amount with a small print descriptor, called market price. The entire team, Chef Roberta and Jessica, our planner truly deserve 10 stars!

2018-01-27T10:50:28 Response from the vendor

The couple chose Guest Choice tableside, which is really one of our favorite services. Instead of her collecting dinner rsvps (it's hard enough getting them to respond), the guests sat down that evening and ordered their entrees. Very elegeant service.

Reviewed on 1/25/2018 jennifer s

Erin and Chef Roberta are fantastic! They are the definition of outstanding customer service. They reached my expectations with the cocktail hour and dinner without flaw. They even had a server follow me around while i did my pictures!!! how great is that?! The only unfortunate... Read More event was my cake was an absolute disaster. I was so embarrassed by the presentation. NO ONE ATE IT! Weddings have major components, the cake being one. and unfortunately, this is something they ca't make up for being i can't use any of the pictures cause it was just that UGLY.

2018-02-28T04:28:35 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much.. but not our cake

Reviewed on 11/28/2017 Ethel R

Milan Catering was exceptional! I have nothing but great things to say from the planning all the way through the day of the wedding. We had never planned a wedding before but we were assisted by Erin O’keefe who went above and beyond for us. We had an amazing experience with her... Read More and would highly recommend requesting her (if possible). She was very responsive and easily accessible. She assisted us in planning and pointed out things that we had not thought of (since we had never done this before) all the while keeping in mind the style of the wedding that we wanted. She was extremely detail oriented and made sure that we had everything planned out perfectly from the plates/silverware to the food selection to creating the cake exactly as we requested. In regards to the chefs, ALL of the guests were raving about the food which was both delicious and aesthetically charming. I would highly recommend Milan to anyone looking for wedding catering and/or any other events!

2018-01-27T10:52:21 Response from the vendor

Our favorite meomnt was the groom's delight that he got as many of the appetizers that he wanted, and then the groomsmen jumped in. Charming and true delight to be part of such a joysous day. xxoo

Reviewed on 11/11/2017 Lauren K

Our experience with Milan was phenomenal! We had a destination wedding, but were lucky enough to make a 24 hour trip to Sarasota a few months before the wedding and Chef Roberta was so accommodating. The food was FANTASTIC and all of our guests raved about the delicious food and... Read More beautiful presentation. Thank you for contributing to the best day of our lives!

2018-02-28T04:30:10 Response from the vendor

We love destination weddings... gives us a chance to really do the planning and then see it come to life for you.. and add that element of delight when we see your delight. SO thankful to be part of such a joyous day!

Reviewed on 11/10/2017 Laura A

Overall, based on Guests’ input & our personal experience, there was not a better example of Perfection. For me it was a Blurrrr, I would love a ‘do-over’ only from the perspective of having more time to sit back and savor the night and the special moment of my life. Milan... Read More Catering represented an integral component of the whole part. Our wedding event was on October 21, 2017 at the Powell Crosley Estate. After reviewing approved Caters, we selected Milan Catering. Milan Catering without a doubt delivered Exceptional Expertise and Class to our event. It was important to us, aside from client reviews, to have someone with direct vested interest in their service. Chef Roberta is clearly the driver of the Milan bus. Her commitment, knowledge & positive energy is evident. Aside from her genuine smile and welcoming manner, it is clear she does the work as much as she speaks it. That went miles for us. Chef Roberta & her assisting Chefs were involved from the beginning of the meal planning clear to the end. Her servers did wonderful & her staff are pleasant and helpful. We did not use the wedding planning services of the business, as the planners were already booked! Anastasia did assist us through basics such as vendor coordination for lighting & furniture as well as linens, tables etc. She was nice & helpful in explaining things to me to aid in decisions. Crosley Estate is a stunning Historic venue right in our own backyard. The beauty of this venue speaks for itself & does not necessitate a high level of décor. What is important for this venue is the quality of the food and the basic serving & hosting environment. For our table settings, we selected copper vintage glass charger plates paired with copper flatware. Simple, Vintage & Elegant!! Milan truly offers an amazing & diversified selection of food options. After our tasting (Yum-Yum), we selected the Platinum package. The top of the list. It provided everything we were looking for–from butlered hors d’oeuvres to desserts. Plus, this package included extra hours of service & upgrades to some basics such as chairs. Our event started at 5:00 PM with ceremony at 6:15 PM & dinner around 7:15 PM. Milan was great in being flexible & open to different than the normal approach. We opened our bar & began butlered hors d’oeuvres when guests started arriving rather than waiting until after the ceremony. This service continued to shortly before dinner. This gave everyone time to check out the venue & mingle without being thirsty or hungry. Tummies were calmer & no one was over anxious waiting on their dinner portion of the event–including the young-uns. Very relaxed & enjoyable. All Food was marvelous! We selected four main entrees of choice – Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Rack of Lamb, Grilled Wild Salmon, or Chicken Marsala w/ Wild Mushrooms. All were spectacular! I personally know as I was nibbling them all! We had a dessert station coupled with the MOST Amazing Wedding Chocolate Drip Cake. It was Orange flavored & clearly made from scratch and Totally Rocked– unfortunately–it was scarfed up before I could get more than a taste! We had 72 people (down from the original 95 to 100 due to impacts from Hurricane Irma). A good number of attendees were coming from the Florida Keys. Chef Roberta was flexible & understanding of our daily attendee count swings & gave us the utmost consideration in allowing adjustments up to the last minute. From our hearts, Thank you so very much. Laura & Tom

2018-01-27T10:48:44 Response from the vendor

Truly a spectacular evening. Our favorite, when you arrived on the horse and carriage during the sunset. See our Instagram pics - so charming

Reviewed on 11/02/2017 Mini I

Just dont waste another moment and just book Milan and their wedding planners. The food, the decorations, the staff were just absolutely outstanding.

2018-02-28T04:31:12 Response from the vendor

Thanks - outstanding is a super big word!

Reviewed on 8/01/2017 Tim H

What can I say about Milan - wonderful! They were the first caterers that we had a meeting with and they were the last. After creating a menu with Che Roberta and tasting the food, we knew that we had to book them. Patient with all of our questions throughout the process, and... Read More our da was just great!!!!!!

2018-01-27T10:56:20 Response from the vendor

I love that the tasting becomes such a wonderful way to connect with you and all of our couples. I really believe that the cattle call tastings miss one of the most important aspects of the wedding planning, making a menu that is unique to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/22/2017 Katie v

Milan turned out to be the absolutely right decision. From beginning to end, Chef Robert and the wedding planners were an absolute joy to work with and proved to be professional, cheerful and passionate about their craft. During our entire planning process, it was apparent... Read More that w had found more than a caterer. We just knew that they wanted to the best for us and that is just what we got. One of the challenges was that we didn't want the traditional sit down wedding. We had alot of personal touches planned throughout the evening and we need our caterer to be flexible and considerate of our ideas. What we loved about Milan is that they totally got that and we were able to tailor fit our ideas to the wedding and food. We are big foodies and our standards are fairly high, and I can be very unforgiving when it comes to freshness and deliciousness in a dist. I have no reservations about letting those around me know it. Milan's food totally exceeded our exceptions (just like all of the other reviews show) and transformed what wedding food can be. Whenever possible, they gave us organic ingredients and every presentation was colorful and, again, pure deliciousness. Our guests were raving to us about the food. During the cocktail hour, the servers brought out what seemed to be an endless array of appetizers and each item took our guests by surprise. The presentations were so modern, and in a few cases, charming. (Chicken Waffle sliders - yum). We were worried that they would be too full for dinner, but it seems they made room for more! At the end of the evening, it ended up being perfect. Every dollar well spent

2018-01-27T10:57:52 Response from the vendor

This couple had some unique foodie concepts, which we fell in love with. One new offering is a pre-ceremony bites... basically a non-alcoholic sparkling service with sweeter nibbles for those guests that arrive early (and yes, that's all of them). Our best

Reviewed on 7/19/2017 Rachael S

I wrote a very detailed review that highlighted some positive and mostly negative aspects of Milan St Pete's catering. I stand by my review. I am only editing to highlight what I consider is an even larger reason to avoid Milan: In response to my initial review, Milan... Read More Catering emailed me. Less than 24 hours later, Milan Catering inappropriately contacted my employer without my consent knowledge or approval. My employer had no participation in my wedding, other than as a guest, and I never told Milan where I was employed. The same day, they posted a response to my review, that has been later edited, below, that blames me and attacks me personally. The email to my employer is as follows: "We were the wedding caterer for Rachel’s wedding in March 2017. In the past few days, she posted a review of our services (and of [redaction]) that was unflattering and untrue on a public forum (The Knot). I have reached out to Rachel but with her silence, I assume that she is not going to recant. In the next few days, I will need to take steps to protect our reputation. With these public forums, Rachel may not realize that her reputation will also be up for evaluation. I am hopeful that an outsider may provide her a sense of reasonableness. I simply wish them the both in happiness, but I cannot ignore what she has done." The email to my employer included an attached letter with seven additional pages of other communications and my review. The letter content was similar to the email, stated that they did not back bill us for day of charges, and, in part: "Unfortunately, this is public review and I will need to defend the company. In addition, it is not an anonymous site so her status as a lawyer will be addressed. Since she has not responded to me, I was hopeful that you might be able to intercede." I have reported to the Milan Catering's attempt to coerce and intimate a retraction, as well as their inappropriate contact to my employer. Their action speaks volumes about their business practice, as do their responses to other negative reviews.

2017-07-21T14:28:20 Response from the vendor

Sarah, Rachel's boss, was sweet enough to intercede so that the first review was removed in accordance with the FL State Bar's guidelines for Lawyer Professionalism. This second review was carefully edited as it does not mention her unpaid balance. Rachel was placed in a... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/22/2017

Loved Chef Roberta and her staff. We decied on family style - absolutely delicious! They did a wonderful job on my bouquet and decorations. The evenign was truly perfect!

2017-07-21T12:13:47 Response from the vendor

Family style is always one of the favorites because everyone gets to try every entree. It is a quick service as well as the platters are served directly to each guest table so no one has to get up and stand in a lenghthy buffet... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/21/2017 Danielle Z

Delicious food. Loved the plated dinner where guests can pick their dinner entree when they take their seats. Their staff was attentive and courteous, even with some of our guests who were hard of hearing. Best decision we made

2017-07-21T07:45:55 Response from the vendor

This pick your entree when you sit down is called Guest Choice tableside. Up to 3 entrees with different sides, usually a chicken (or pork), fish (or shellfish) and of course, beef. What we love about guest choice is that the couple (ususally the bride)... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 5/03/2017 Josh W

I am beyond happy with my choice to have Milan catering for my wedding! They did an awesome job, all of the food was served hot and delicious. If you're looking for a caterer for your event/ wedding I would say you need to look no further. Milan is amazing!!!

2017-07-21T07:48:34 Response from the vendor

So this was a easy wedding to deliver because of the schedule. Our team worked closely with the bride, photographer, officiant and DJ to keep everyone on time. Our chefs cook on-site but if we can serve the food within the timelines, its a home... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 4/25/2017 Stacy S

Milan Catering is the preferred/in-house caterer for the Powel Crosley, so we didn't do much research before deciding to use their services. We also decided to use their sister company, Sarasota Wedding Gallery, for day-of wedding coordination, which I would highly recommend to... Read More all brides who are organized but want to be able to thoroughly enjoy their wedding day. Despite being assigned three different wedding coordinators throughout the process (the first quit and the second had a family emergency), our wedding day went off without any complications and was exactly how we envisioned it, if not better!! Our coordinator, Laurel, who is new to the company, was lovely to work with. Despite it being high wedding season, she was quick to respond to e-mails/questions and provided all of the reassurance we needed during the final few weeks. We opted for "guest choice" dinner service, which allowed our guests to choose from three entrée options and place their order with the waiters at their table. Chef Roberta met us for a private tasting at the Milan Catering store and helped us create the perfect menu, as well as choose our cake flavors (Milan Catering recently partnered with Cakes by Ron). Milan Catering also provided us with chairs, table settings, linens, cocktail tables and lighting. We splurged a bit on the beautiful chandelier and café bulbs over the dance floor and outdoor reception area, which I highly recommend if you want to create a romantic, glamorous setting for your ceremony and/or reception. Beware that you will spend the majority of your wedding budget on the catering, coordination, cake and lighting, especially with a company like Milan Catering, but your wedding day will be a glorious and memorable one for sure!

2017-07-21T07:49:53 Response from the vendor

Our thanks again for such kind words... exactly our goal - glorious and memorable! On average, The Knot predicts that over 50% of the wedding budget will go to the reception and in the case of this particular venue, it averages more like 60% as... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 4/22/2017 Stephanie L

We had a wonderful experience with Milan Catering. The food on our wedding day was wonderful and all of our guests were very complimentary of their meals and the service. When we first met Chef Roberta, she was so sweet to us. We did a tasting and my parents happened to be in... Read More town. Chef Roberta welcomed them to be involved in the tasting as well which meant so much to us. Laurel was our day of planner and she was wonderful! She was so helpful with all of my questions during the planning process and the day of, I didn't have to worry about a single thing because I knew she had it all taken care of. I highly recommend Milan and day of planning with Sarasota Wedding Gallery. Thank you so much for being a big part of our wonderful wedding! Stephanie and David Leli

2017-07-21T07:33:59 Response from the vendor

We love this review because Laurel, your wedding planner was everywhere that day. The photographer captured her "hovering" in the background on a one of family photos.. which truly represented how she and everyone else felt that day.. even though we were the staff. Your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 4/20/2017 Amanda A

I can't express enough how amazing everyone at Milan Catering is! Erin, Anastasia and Chef Roberta made our wedding effortless and made our classic, rustic vision come to life. They didn't hesitate when we chose a unique brewery location and every aspect of the reception looked... Read More exactly as we imagined. To top it all off, besides making delicious food, Chef Roberta was amazing with my son. So that I could do my bridal entrance, Chef Roberta stopped what she was doing to soothe him and he was asleep in seconds! I highly recommend Milan Catering for all your catering, wedding planning and babysitting needs!! Above and beyond!

2017-07-21T07:39:48 Response from the vendor

This is one of the best personal stories of our wedding. This couples wedding was at the Green Bench Brewery, one of the cutest wedding spots in St. Petersburg (although you can only rent it on Monday). So, our catering team was in the back... Read Less Read More


Meet The Director of Catering

Our Professional Chefs

Our chefs are creative, contemporary professionals. We are incrediably proud of our reviews as the catering off-site world is quite challenging, but solveable because we are on-site in our mobile kitchens.. We are the only caterer in FL West Coast providing Guest Choice Tableside (guests order thier entrees once seated). NO need to collect dinner RSVPS or even the silly tokens that other caterers need. The difference is, again, professional chefs on site who know how to plate up in a dynamic environment.