Milan Catering and Event Designs

Serving Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Boca

About this Vendor

Imagine Perfection with Milan Catering

Milan offers full wedding planning and catering. Our professional chefs cook on-site in mobile kitchens so your menus is delicious, served at the right temperature and plated with fine dining flair. We offer family style, guest choice Tableside and TAPAS. Visit our website for menu ideas.

Details

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Cuisine

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, Kosher, Nut Free, Organic, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Wedding Categories

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

Awards
Bowhof
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Contact Info

Address
4141 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, SARASOTA, FL Serving Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Boca (941) 312-0000
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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


Reviewed on 4/17/2017 Alyssa K

I can not express my gratitude enough for such a wonderful vendor. I used Sarasota wedding gallery in conjunction with Milan catering and let me tell you how easy it was!!!! From the food and cake testing to the professional lighting and linen show room it was all so delightful.... Read More The food was with out a doubt the best I've had. They made it so easy and we're totally flexible with any special requests we had. The day of went so smoothly and presentation was so beautiful. Chef Roberta thank you thank you thank you!!! You are absolutely wonderful. From the plates to the silverware and the food it was all so impressive and was far beyond satisfactory. All my guests were pleased. But most importantly Hunter and I were totally floored and thrilled with everything. The food was wonderful. Our lighting with the chandelier and cafe bulbs were beyond gorgeous. Everything was exactly as I had hoped and I truly couldn't have asked for better. Alyssa and Hunter Karass married 4-15-17 at the Powel Crosley Estate In Sarasota Fl

2017-07-21T07:31:04 Response from the vendor

It's always a joy on our side to hear that your day was perfect. Our entire team becomes so emotionally connected to each of you during your journey of planning the "Big Day". We know that this moment in time will become the first of... Read Less Read More


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!


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


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.


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!!!!!!


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


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 Knot.com 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

Ok, so the first review disappers.. and now this review is about my relationship with her boss, Sarah, who has a St. Petersburg law practice. Sarah recognizes that it is not negative reviews that are issue, but untrue ones. After Sarah's involvment, Rachel removed her... 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 3/24/2017 Emily M

Let me start off my saying our food was delicious, impromptu day of coordinator did a great job and the venue was beautiful! However, there were some major issues that my husband and I did come across. First of all, we went through 3 day of coordinators...No exaggeration. Our... Read More first day of coordinator was let go from the company due to personal reasons, our second coordinator was switched because I was told she was overwhelmed(after calling and emailing her with no response I finally received a call from the owner), all went well with our 3rd coordinator until the day of the wedding when I was informed she was sick and would no longer be our coordinator. However, her assistant Laurel became our coordinator and she did an outstanding job! When dealing with an out of town wedding, unreliability is the last thing you want to deal with. Also, there were a few other minor issues such as the table numbers being backwards. The tables where our families were sitting were very far us, table one should have been closer and table 12 the furthest from us. Lastly, after requesting 3 vegetarian dishes there were no vegetarian dishes available for those guests. Overall, our wedding was a fantastic time and our guests were very pleased with the food. In all honesty, I don't know if I would use Milan Catering again, when paying well over $10,000 for a service I expect much better. With all of that being said, Roberta, Laurel, Breanna were still great to work with.

2017-03-24T10:48:27 Response from the vendor

The difference between Day of and Partial Planning is that our event planning manages the details until the DOC is assigned (usually one month out). In this case, the first wedding planner was actually just an event planner, the second one, the bride did not... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 3/20/2017 Sherri T

Thank you to Milan Catering for making my daughter's wedding such a lovely affair. Chef Roberta did an outstanding job with a fabulous buffet comprised of food with a "tropical/Spanish" vibe. Everything was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. She was so... Read More accommodating during the whole process, which began in August with a tasting. And Anastasia was our "day of" coordinator, and she was so patient and competent - a real asset to Milan's staff. Thank you again for making our wedding party so nice! We will definitely use Milan again for a future event.

2017-07-21T07:55:03 Response from the vendor

We don't get many parents adding their comments to these boards, so this is especially dear. Most of our couple's parents are just as stressed as the couples as making it a perfect day, they usually hide it better. We got to know the entire... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 3/14/2017 Emily D

Milan catering is excellent! Laurel was our day of coordinator who was so great. She came on about two months before our wedding and was wonderful to have. She was extremely responsive and helpful with all questions. On the day of the wedding she was just as great! The food... Read More Milan provided was top notch. We did a menu that was part breakfast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the different menu and we're raving about the food. Instead of having a wedding cake, we had three family style desserts - chocolate cake, carrot cake, and tiramisu. Everyone loved the desserts and that there was something therefkr everyone to enjoy! Overall, I am beyond pleased with Milan Catering. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!

2017-07-21T12:17:11 Response from the vendor

We love the recommendations as it is a testament to our commitment to make your wedding day absolutely perfect! This was one of our more challenging menus as we were doing a walking reception with one of the stations being "brunch". What we discovered in... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 2/22/2017 Jaime J

Do not even think of hiring them for event coordination! What a nightmare! The turnover within this company is incredible and I was constantly having to start from scratch with new coordinators. I'm note sure what's going on with this company but I hope I can save another bride... Read More from the nightmare of being told you have a new planner just weeks before your big day!

2017-03-15T09:21:00 Response from the vendor

The DOC is assigned one month before the wedding. Our event managers are the ones that work on the details up until the month before. In this case, she never hired our DOC, nor any partial planning. Maybe her independent DOC couldn't figure out the... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 1/17/2017 Sarah L

Delicious food! Chef Roberta was incredible! Our tables were set up exactly how I wanted and our guests couldn't stop talking about the food! Thank you for an incredible meal and making our wedding day perfect!

2017-07-21T07:58:37 Response from the vendor

This couple came to us over two years ago with a book of planning ideas. You can imagine how much has changed over the past two years. (remember burlpa runners and mason jars?) Our wedding planners (several of them) reworked their ideas over time to... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 1/11/2017 Christi F

Chef Roberta and staff did an outstanding job! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. In conjunction with Anastasia and the Sarasota Wedding Gallery, our daughter's wedding was spectacular.

2017-07-21T08:00:08 Response from the vendor

Thank you MOM! It was truly a joy to work with you on planning your daughter's desitination wedding. You did a great job with all of the choices and decisions. We loved seeing her appreciation and toasts to you that evening. Well done!


Reviewed on 12/09/2016 Danitza M

Milan Catering is AMAZING! My husband and I are a multi-cultural couple and we really wanted a caterer who could incorporate both Asian and Spanish food into our cocktail and reception menu. Milan Catering did just that and the food was incredible. We still get raves about how... Read More delicious the food was. During your menu tasting, they adjust the food to however you specify and they make suggestions of food to compliment one another. They work with your budget and they try to be as accommodating as possible. They worked with our venue without any issues and everything went smoothly. Remember, you get what you pay for and this team will not let you down on great service and great food. Thank you Milan Catering for making our day that much better!


Reviewed on 11/13/2016 Dave M

What a great experience, working with Erin at Milan, to plan and put together an absolutely wonderful reception for my daughter's wedding! Great communication, always asking the right questions, was followed by terrific execution by Roberta, Matt, JJ and the rest of the crew.... Read More The food was delicious and the service was over the top. Milan is a no-brainer for a great wedding day! THANKS!


Reviewed on 10/27/2016 Kelly F

Milan Catering was simply amazing! Chef Roberta did a fantastic job with our food for our wedding day! We chose a southern theme for our appetizers and entrees and our guests could not stop talking about how good everything was! We also did the Family Style option, which was new... Read More to us and many of our guests, but it worked out perfectly and again, so many compliments on how the food was served. They were also great to make sure we were able to try the appetizers during cocktail hour while we were getting pictures done and even had a small sample plate of apps and dinner entrees for us when we finally sat down for dinner. They were so attentive! We did a tasting a few months before and we thought the food was great then, but it just tasted even better to us the day of our wedding! Milan Catering also did our wedding cake which was Key Lime and Red Velvet, the cake flavors were also a great hit! They even put together this beautiful design that I saw on Pinterest with a gold frosting in the center layer. The cake looked absolutely beautiful! Thanks again Milan Catering!


Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Mallory B

We used Milan Catering for our wedding - the catering side of the business was nice to work with leading up to the event and Chef Roberta was great. Tasting went well and there were a lot of options to choose from, etc. I did have one issue with the catering on the day of the... Read More wedding though - we had chosen to have the food served family style (which I highly recommend), and we picked 3 entrees (chicken w/ spinach and feta, mahi mahi with vegetables and orzo, and polenta w/ grilled vegetables and rice. However, the day of the wedding all 3 entrees were served w/ the same sides, grilled vegetables and rice (all dishes had the same vegetables, etc) so the only thing that changed was the protein on the dish, which is not what we originally decided on, nor was it what was on the menu at the event or on the contract. No one at the event noticed, and everyone raved about the mahi mahi, but I was disappointed that the dishes did not follow what we had chosen - especially for the price we paid. Other than that the food was good and it was served hot and in a timely manner.

2016-10-24T12:37:32 Response from the vendor

We talked to the bride about her menu. 2 of the 3 dishes had rice and polenta; the third was a vegetarian with vegetables Bit mystifying...


Reviewed on 10/14/2016 Monica D

Can't give enough stars to this company and all involved. Chef Roberta and her staff did an amazing job on the food! I had so many guests rave about it being the best meal they had at a wedding. One of the guests actually asked for the salad dressing recipe! Anastasia was... Read More our planner and I was blown away! She was so patient and understanding at the rehearsal, as some of our party arrived late. The day of the wedding, she was the first one at the event and setting up everything exactly as I asked! She was so calm and helpful as a downpour of rain almost changed our entire wedding plans. Fortunately, everything went unhitched thanks to her patience and expertise at facilitating the changes that were needed due to the rain. I highly recommend Milan catering! One of my best choices in planning my wedding!


Reviewed on 10/06/2016 Lauren G

Food was amazing for out Boca Grande wedding. Milan brought everything onsite via their food prep truck and tasted list it came out of a 5 star kitchen. All our guests loved every bit of it.


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