With the rise of many great Italian restaurants in the city of Philadelphia, like Monte Carlo Living Room, La Famiglia and Osteria Romana, to name a few, Oreste D’Elia, coming from Milan, saw an opportunity to share with others his passion for Italian food. He saw that people wanted to learn more about the Italian culture and more specifically about how to find quality Italian Gourmet food. He got in touch with some friends back in his home-country and started selling imported Italian food. He began selling Buffalo Mozzarella, Porcini mushrooms and fresh Truffles.
The response he received was overwhelming, but Oreste knew he could only get so far selling as part time job so in 1989 he decided to open an official business, which he named Milano Foods.