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

Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gaetanosforestpark.com/
  • Phone: (708) 366-4010
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant evening, served with the best martini I ever had."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "good food/service and great for business dinner. Consistent in both areas"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "absolutely delicious!! everything we ordered was phenomenal, and great service!"
    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"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Excellent service and food. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "was amazing. Kobe beef carpaccico with pumpkin seeds was some of the best beef carpaccio I have ever eaten. Foodies will love this place!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a very relaxed dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was perfect."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, great food and service. Gaetano's never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best Gnocchi and calamari. The best salad was fantastic! They never disappoint!"
    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..."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went there for my anniversary. What an awesome restaurant, right in my neighborhood. I knew nothing about it. The manager Dave is great."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were very pleased with the Geatapas tasting menu. The server was very personable and helpful and we really enjoyed our time trying different foods. This is not something we would do regularly, but well worth a visit if you are looking for a special night out."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Truly unique and inventive Italian cuisine. Appetizers were wonderful, the most memorable was the pancetta wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo in a tomato coconut sauce. Another one was calamari steak wrapped around asparagus, then Tempura fried, with a sun-dried tomato chorizo shrimp sauce. I could go on and on, but you must experience this place!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The tasting menu provides for one exciting bite after another. Stuffed dates with coconut marinera were amazing. Flower blossoms and risotto home runs!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Gaetano's is intimate and excellent. The live music on Thursday, combined with the outstanding food cannot be equaled."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The frutti di mare had amazingly fresh seafood and the noodles were delicious! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The front restaurant part of this place is the prettiest. The back room is kind of bland-looking. The food, however, is always amazing, just the most delectable, scrumptious food ever. It does not matter what you order--from the appetizers to the dessert: it's all dreamy. Our waitress was Jessica who was there to answer any questions, and give advice, if needed. Perfect! Perfect meal--perfect server--love Gaetanos. I wish they would move to Naperville."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This has become our go to place outside of the city (and it feels like it belongs in the city rather than Forest Park). Great menu, wonderful food and a nice wine list. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was fantastic especially the calamari appetizer stuffed with asparagus. Our waiter who's name I cannot remember was also fantastic. He gave us tips and explained the different dishes excellently. This is one place I have already recommended to multiple friends and we only went there two days ago. You gotta try it!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went to Gaetano's again after the Wright Walk. We had first been last year at this time. Chose the Chef's tasting, with the wine pairing, and it was magnificent. The pace of the delivery was excellent, allowing time for conversation between the various dishes/courses. There was not a dish that the entire table did not enjoy. The wine pairings were complimentary to the food, and generous in their proportions. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We are out of town guests to Chicago and through a bit of research found this gem. It is what all the other reviewers say, and worth the taxi drive out from the city."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Delicious, always, one of our go to favorites, never lets us down, spectacular , unusual italian food that is out of the box. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Great restaurant with the service and food outstanding. Dave the waiter knows his food down to where the components originated. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My family has chosen to dine here a number of times and have not experience anything negative. From the moment you valet the car to the time you leave the restaurant, all service is very expedient and friendly. All of the staff rates an excellent from me. The food is outstanding. We are never rushed to leave so we linger over drinks and good conversation without feeling like someone is hovering over us. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Gaetano has outdone himself again with his Cinco de Mayo Gaetapa's Dinner. Over the top delicious!!!!!!!!! And, great live entertainment!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We went on a Wednesday evening and ordered the tasting menu. We both enjoyed the variety and the different flavors we received. I think the only thing I would say negative was the dessert could have been a bit more, there was 3 items but they were fairly small and I am really a chocolate person with a sweet tooth. If you get a chance to ask for anything the best things we ate, and remember everything was very good the figs and the carpaccio were delicious. Be prepared to spend a good bit of money, you do get what you paid for though well worth it. We will go back."
    Dined on 5/7/2014