Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gaetanosforestpark.com/
  • Phone: 7083664010
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gaetano DiBenedetto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call us for Details (708) 366-4010
  • Special Events: See our website for Information, http://www.gaetanosforestpark.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashland
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
Chef Gaetano Di Benedetto is a native of the lush coastal town of Bagheria, located near Palermo, Sicily. He began as a kitchen apprentice in Palermo in 1978 and is a graduate of the prominent IPAS professional culinary school in Italy. His cooking career spans three decades, maintaining the title of Executive Chef since 1989 at restaurants throughout Italy, as well as France, England and the US.

While still in Sicily, Gaetano served as Chef at the oppulent Villa Paino, where he was accorded the honor of preparing state dinners for the Presidents of Italy, Francesco Cossiga, and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. After leaving Sicily, Gaetano worked in such culinary capitals as London, Paris and Milan.

Chef Gaetano is a recent recipient of "Ospitalita Italiana" from the Italian Gov. This award signifies Gaetano's as an authentic Italian restaurant, 1 of 600 in the entire world! You will only find fresh, natural and homemade dishes at Gae
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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (47)romantic (37)notable wine list (31)good for groups (11)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The Best
    wbgb
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always the best restaurant experience one could ask for .From the time you walk in til you leave everything is first class .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in western suburbs
    lovemutti
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I ate the best prepared fish in Chicago..a la putanesca. The waitress was very knowledgable. I shall return !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal Lacking Enthusiasm
    weeklynightout
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Gaetano's a special milestone birthday. We were met at the door with a smile, but from the get go, the establishment seemed to lack in genuine enthusiasm. We were greeted at the table in a timely manner. The food was good, but we could not help but note how detached our server was. The wine glass was removed but no one asked it I would like another. I just felt that the room over all felt mechanical. You can tell when people love what they do. I might add that this was a special night and since the restaurant was informed, it would have been nice to have been acknowledged. A nice verbal greeting at the door can go a long way to make such an occasion seem more special. Not one word. I
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I just love this place
    Love4foodVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Gaettano repeatedly outdoes himself. Food is fantastic. Service is excellent. And its so lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    Fiero322
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very creative. New taste sensations good table spacing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    miFromOakPark
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved our first visit to Gaetano's! Nice interior, excellent food (the specials were outstanding) and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    APCGVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Second visit to Gaetano's, and it was just as wonderful as our first visit. We went for my birthday and it was perfect. Service is impeccable. Server was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations without being overbearing. Chatty, funny. My husband had the salmon with bok choy and fingerling potatoes. I had the braised short rib. Both entrees were outstanding. We dined on a Tuesday night, I'd say there were 8-10 occupied tables. Noise level was quiet, but not dead. We had time to relax over wine and our appetizer before moving onto our main course. Gaetano's really is a neighborhood gem. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great!
    mch110VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Love this restaurant. Everything is consistent - food is a step up. Innovative and fresh. Service is great....feels like home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    Rich
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Solid spot. Appreciated the tasting menu, lots of food, maybe not as many flavors as I anticipated but overall good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Consistently fabulous food! We've been coming here for 10 years and have never had anything but an outstanding meal. From the bread/hummus to the amazing appetizers (the zucchini blossom is OMG!) to the pastas (try the Papardelle), to the entrees (great salmon, rib-eye, pork chop) to the desserts of delicious tiramisu, lemon panecotta, and peach "thing," -- we have never been disappointed. Chef Gaetano and his assistant at the front of the house, Dave, will ply you with unbelievable food as well as wonderful knowledgeable service. Don't leave it to chance and disappointment--make a reservation. And say hello to the fabulous home-made lemoncello after dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    susieq
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great restaurant:) We always enjoy the favorites as well as trying new offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    MichelinstarVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Half a dozen meals and the food was perfect for all of them. Incredibly flavorful seafood soup. I dream of the mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gaetanos
    czambini
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    One of the very best restaurants in the Chicago area! Every time we dine there there is something new on the menu. The chef/owner is a food genius. Must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Mac2Greek
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We split a first course of the ravioli stuffed with lobster soup - six plump pasta dumplings that were delicious. We shared the Gumbo Mambo which might have been the finest soup I've ever had. There seemed to be a little bit of a delay getting our first courses, especially considering the restaurant wasn't very full, but once we received them, we felt the wait was worth it. After that we shared both the Veal Scaloppine al funghi, and the special Gigante which was a combination of beef short rib and scallops. Both were amazing. We skipped the dessert as we were just too full to eat anything more. Overall it was a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were late for our reservation, but the host graciously held our table. The food and service was great - loved the fresh bread as well!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A departure from the expected
    Barry
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Gaetano's has always been one of my absolute favorite go-to restaurants. I have followed the chef since he opened La Piazza. He is one of the most creative chefs I have ever known. His food is an exiting surprising experience. This time, I found the menu visually unattractive and the choices limited and redundant. Too many dishes were braised. Gaetano's innovativeness was lacking. My guests were pleased with their choices (a well-prepared ribeye, veal scallopine and a pasta with lobster sauce) My lamb shank was good but ordinary despite some interesting ingredients. Desserts were not exceptional. Gaetano was not there. He is clearly is spending time in Batavia. His presence in Forest Park was missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great drinks
    raysreview
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a very pleasant evening, served with the best martini I ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    good food/service and great for business dinner. Consistent in both areas
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local diners 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Gaetano's is a lovely restaurant in Forest Park with excellent food and a charming atmosphere. We've had better experiences in the past with the service. On Saturday, we were beginning to wonder where our dinners were and had to flag down our waiter to ask. Something about the computers??? What? Eventually our food came after a long delay. It was certainly tasty, though one of the dinners was less than piping hot. Usually Gaetano himself walks around and checks out the experience. He didn't put in an appearance in the crowded restaurant, so we're speculating that he wasn't there that evening. Perhaps that's why things went less smoothly than usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    absolutely delicious!! everything we ordered was phenomenal, and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brad
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you want an excellent dinning experience go to Gaetano's . They are friendly, have distinct food and always provide a great meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasting menu treat
    NedlyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I hav had the tasting menu the last two tiems we have been to Gaetano's. Once with the wine pairing and once without. the wine pairing is defintely worth it. For the same price as a bottle of wine you get a different glass of wine with each course paired to the food. Just wonderful! The great thing about the tasting menu is that they will customize it to your taste. My wife doesn't like alot of seafood so they substitiuted some different dishes. And the best thing is the desert sampler at the end!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't blink...
    epicuriaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Don't blink or you'll miss this neighborhood gem. While Gaetano's doesn't look like very much from the outside, it's actually a nice little restaurant on the inside. It's not super spacious. I kind of felt like my spouse and I were in other people's conversations. But the food was really good, decently priced, and the ambiance was...nice. There also wasn't too long of a wait for our food. It feels like a spot where you can go snappy-casual or a little dressy (i.e. to celebrate an occasion), which is nice to have something local like that. Oh, and the selection of entrees is pretty good. We look forward to trying others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JackWack
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Great food. Love the tapas Gaetanos with wine pairings. Love Dave our favorite waiter. Gaetanos is a food genius.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie33
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent service and food. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable
    LivetodineVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    There are plenty if Italian restaurants in Chicagoland and we have dined at many of them. But never have we found the quality, creativity and variety as we found at Gaetanos. The pastas are all homemade. The prices are reasonable. The service beyond accommodating. They want to please and they do. Great wine list and a perfect house made lemoncella to finish the meal. It isn't a huge place and it isn't fast food so make a reservation ad enjoy a relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork chop sutffed with crabcake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    was amazing. Kobe beef carpaccico with pumpkin seeds was some of the best beef carpaccio I have ever eaten. Foodies will love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OakParker
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a very relaxed dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loosing site of its Italian cuisine
    jlmalmVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times. I go here for Italian food, not Italian influenced Northern African flavors. Now, I love northern African food, but this is not why I come. The food of good quality, but every time I am disappointed a bit more. However, we will not be retuning which is a shame as it used to be one of the best Italian places in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ♡♡♡
    LTsReviews
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have never had anything less than perfection at Gaetano's. The Zucchini Blossoms are a must! The staff is very friendly but not overbearing. There is something delicious for everyone on the menu. If you still have room at the end of your meal, try the Tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food / Great Service
    Weekenddine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As always, great food and service. Gaetano's never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anoter Delicious Meal
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been to Gaetano's many times and have never been disappointed, and this was one of the best yet. I enjoyed a delicious, slightly spicy zuppa di pesce and a terrific lambshank. My wife was delighted with her insalata Mediterraneo and seafood stuffed ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and wine!
    SuburbanFoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Best Gnocchi and calamari. The best salad was fantastic! They never disappoint!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its about the food.
    Nessie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have avoided this place in the past due to the noise level one saturday we tried to go in to be met with an ear ripping noise ...however this visit was on a tuesday and it was acceptable. The starter of calamari wrapped asparagus, tempura fried, was good and large enough to share... I had the scaloppine al limone, veal in a lemon sauce which was well cooked and quite refreshing with garlic mashed potato. The tiramisu however quaint being served in a flower pot, was too heavy and dry...and abandoned after a few spoonful. Fairly expensive but we would go back... The server was attentive when we first went in but his attention seemed to wane in favour of a regular who was seated nearby...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I only wish this restaurant was closer to my neighbourhood! Great food and very resonably priced wines. Our party had the Chefs Tasting Menu and it was more food than expected. Definitely coming back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gaetano's great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time we tried the Chef's Choice. It was super. The appetizers were very creative and fresh. Meat, fish, pasta and risotto courses all delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 482 reviews are from the Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo reviews archive.
  • One of the best!
    Continue2serve
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went there for my anniversary. What an awesome restaurant, right in my neighborhood. I knew nothing about it. The manager Dave is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great central region dishes
    Chicago2VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I dined here last Friday evening. The menu is broad and offers something for any taste. We both had pasta dishes and they were outstanding (homemade pasta)! Our server was David and he was extremely knowledgeable about all of the menu as well as making very good wine pairing suggestions. Their desert offerings are not to be missed, offering everything from sorbet and gelato to cheesecake delights. We are anxious to go back to explore their other wonderful dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Gaetano's never disappoints
    luvfoodEljefe
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Been coming here for many years and I always have a fine dining experience including chef Gaetano visits to our table. Good service and ambiance. However waiters no matter male or female always seem to be a bit aggressive and cocky, add to this the feeling that they can't wait for you to leave once your meal is finished. I will always come back here for great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had dinner here on saturday night, based on a friends recommendation. Gaetano's did not disappoint, every aspect was impeccable. The servers were all friendly and very knowledgeable, and the food was the best Italian we have ever had. On top of the regular menu there was what could be considered another full menu of specials. If you love Italian food, and have not eaten here, make a reservation and go as soon as you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.