I love dining here and have
I love dining here and have enjoyed everything I have tried. I specifically love the Tiramisu.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been going to Gaetano's
We've been going to Gaetano's for 5 years and it keeps getting better and more popular. Chef Gaetano is something of a wild genius who tests the boundaries of Mediterranean Italian with creative flare, amazing seafood and an ever changing tasting menu that is reasonably priced and more food than anyone can comfortably consume. The service is perfection and Dave always has the perfect bottle of wine to accompany the meal. Everyone here makes you feel like family. Highly recommend.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Gaetano delivers time
Chef Gaetano delivers time and time again. His Gaetapas tasting menu is a culinary marvel and 3-courses turns into a dozen or so plates to share with your wife and guests. If you have kids they have these great kids evenings where they entertain your kids in the back room while the parents can enjoy a peaceful/romantic dinner in the main restaurant. Great neighborhood gem and the best kept secret in Chicagoland.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A definite treat!!!!!
The best italian food I had in my entire life!!! Everything was made fresh.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Keeps getting better
Somehow Gaetano's keeps getting better. The menu has been changed around a little and the specials are wonderful. The tripe was really good and the Chef's choice pasta is beyond words. So simple yet so fantastic!
I can't wait to visit again!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Culinary Experience
Great find. Great food. Great service. Creative menu backed up by truly great preparation!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed the restaurant and look forward to going back!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a find!!!
This restaurant is a find!!! We've dined here many times and it is consistently great. The chef, Gaetano, is always there and will accommodate any special request. The variety of Italian offerings is enormous and each is outstanding. I recommend this restaurant with great confidence. Memorable are the calamari ripieni appetizer, the pappardelle with mushrooms, the grilled salmon, the tiramisu. Enjoy!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Quality Italian
Superior to your typical Italian restaurant. Small and a not as pricey as I anticipated. (Two entrees and 4 drinks brought our tab to $97.00 before tip, which was SO worth it.) The flavors and fresh ingredients were obviously brought together by an expert. My chicken and vegetables were cooked perfectly and tasted divine. Even though it's fancy they still gave us large portions. I'll definitely be back and have the wonderful Limoncello for dessert again!!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would never have guessed...
I would never have guessed that this gastronomical lay waiting beyond the modest storefront at 7636 W Madison.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant Ever
We absolutely love this place and go frequently. The menu is always creative and I have never tried something I haven't liked. When we went this time the specials menu had been changed and I pretty much would have tried everything listed. Everything we had was delicious, as it always is. If you have kids and take them to upscale restaurants, they will let the kids make their own pizza and then cook it in the wood burning oven. Kids get pizza, parents get an out of this world food experience.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has great food. The appetizers are the most creative - better than the meal in our opinion. Definite return spot!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Experience
What a great restaurant there is hiding behind a little storefront on Madison Street. The food was excellent and the service was friendly and attentive. After reading so many great reviews we had to try this place and it was absolutely worth the 40-minute drive. Every dish we had was full of flavor and creativity. And the wine list had some great options at "not so over the top" prices. We will definitely return. Anyone who hasn't been here yet needs to get here and try this place out. You will not regret it.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant
We always order Gaetapas, Gaetano's small plate experience. He always has something new in the tasting, along with our old favorites, such as the stuffed zucchini blossoms and mozzarella panna cotta with cream of eggplant. The asparagus stuffed calamari served with a sun dried tomato sauce and a soy-lime citronette and the dates stuffed with beef and chorizo in the coconut tomato sauce were excellent. We had 10 small dishes in our Gaetapa's, followed by a dessert tray which included his famous Tiramisu served in a flower pot and a delicious Panettone bread pudding. The wine sampler, like the Gaetapas, allow us to try several wines we would not necessarily order on our own. We are always pleasantly surprised by the offerings.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just like we remembered
We were frequent patrons of La Piazza. We were there when La Piazza opened and when it closed, and that restaurant had such a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) and it took us four years (and 130 miles) to get back down to Illinois to go to Gaetanos. We were not disappointed. We had the chef's choice and we did not leave hungry. Everything was wonderful and it brought back so many memories of when my husband and I were first dating. The risotto was divine, the braised short ribs to die for. And who can forget Chef's special Tiramisu and the "flaming ice cream" (a hazelnut gelato with a chocolate sauce flambe'd tableside)!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but a bit different
Really enjoyed our meal. There was nothing on the menu for someone trying to watch calories, but my waiter asked the chef if he could prepare the halibut in a different manner. It was blackened and absolutely fantastic! Scallop appetizer was wonderful with a hint of chocolate. Overall, every course impressed except for the flourless chocolate cake which was sort of ho hum.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as it gets
Gaetano is the best chef in Chicago. Incredible, inventive food and great service.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetano's Always Great
We eat at Gaetano's only for special occasions as it can be a bit pricey. That being said what you get for the money is spectacularly delicious and well presented. The service is great and the tables are not too close as to be hearing other peoples conversations. If I could eat there every week I would! If you are thinking of trying it and like wine go on Monday's which is 1/2 price wine bottle night.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetano is Genius
You are bound to fall in love with Gaetano's like we did. Just go and you will see. It's like nothing else in Chicagoland. I'm transported when I'm there, by all my senses.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Gaetano's several times, and always get the Chef's Choice. Is it $75 per person? Yes. Is it the best meal you'll ever have? YES! From adventurous eaters to meat-and-potato lovers like me, Gaetano is a crowd pleaser. I can't rave enough about all of the delectable goodies that arrive at the table! The service is knowledgeable and good-natured. The tables used to be a bit close together but are better now. Make a reservation because this place is hopping - was full even on a Tuesday night!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal at Gaetano's
This restaurant is so good I'm always surprised I can get a table. The menu is creative and fun and the homemade pasta is outstanding. If you don't live near Forest Park, let me assure you, the food will be worth the trip!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful as Usual
Fantastic food as usual. Enjoyed celebrating my sister's 30th birthday here, she came all the way from Ireland. Thanks for making her favorite duck risotto!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I read the review in the Sun-Times about a year ago, and have been wanting to try it since. I finally made my way there with my wife, and can't wait to go back. The food was excellent, the service very friendly, and the décor was enjoyable.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tuscany in Forest Park
I enjoyed the fresh sea bass that was served whole and was filet at tableside. The sauce was light and delicious. I would also recommend the stuffed calamari. The whole meal was outstanding.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent from beginning to end.
Starting with the homemade Focaccia through the main meal, everything was fabulous. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We had no room for dessert but can only imagine that it would have been delicious and original. Highly recommended by all four at my table.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a treat
Fun, inviting atmosphere. Great service from extremely knowledgeable wait staff. .. And all that pales in comparison to the genius of this chef. The food is sophisticated , yet approachable. The flavors are of a well crafted symphony, wherein each part comes together harmoniously. Incredible!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
It had been about 18 months since my last visit...every bit as great as I remembered. Will be back soon!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect pace - there were three of use discussing some business we have together and the waiter provided great recommendations and was very attentive while allowing continued conversation between us. He was very professional and courteous all evening.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetano's is in a word - wonderful. We live right down the street and didn't have a clue! Now that we have experienced the tasting menu we can't wait to go back and sample other dishes.
P.S. David is awesome
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetano's is one of those
Gaetano's is one of those places you can't believe isn't busier, but you're happy for your own sake that it isn't. My wife and I always order the "Gaetapas," which is essentially a tasting menu that consists of eight small plates. There's also a Chef's Choice option, though I've found that to be a little too much food. The highlight for me is the Carpaccio di kobe ("Pan-seared kobe beef served with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, crystallized garlic, pumpkin oil and Calabrian pepper paste and soy-lime vinaigrette served with garlic crostini"), but everything is delicious.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetano never disappoints!
It had been some time since last visiting Gaetano's great Italian restaurant, but every time I do I wonder why it took me so long to return. His take on preparation is outstanding. Highly recommend!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gaetapas are Great!
Our group of four, celebrating two birthdays, thoroughly enjoyed our Gaetapas tasting menu. At $55/pp, it is a marvelous deal, because you get a taste of Gaetano's Greatest Hits. My favorite is always the beef short ribs in a wild mushroom ragout, over butternut squash gnocchi. If there was ever an Italian dish in heaven, this is it! Wonderful service supervised by Dave, as always. Just a great evening overall. Highly recommend.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Blown away by the food here. I have been hearing that this place was great for years - finally got around to stopping in. My wife and I were very impressed. The best meal I've had in recent memory. Highly recommended.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent ingredient combinations
Excellent ingredient combinations for original dishes. Great menu with great presentation and delivery.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely love this place!
Absolutely love this place! We did the chef's tasting menu and were treated to so many delicious dishes! The food is so unique, you won't find what he does on other people's menus.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Best in the area. I look forward to the next visit!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
what more can I say! the food is creative and delicious! My family traveled over an hour to have Gaetano's delicious food and he did not disappoint. Calamari appetizer is fantastic, risottos and pastas are out of this world and the dessert was to die for. Can't wait to go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent neighborhood dining
My wife and I went to Gaetano's with a friend on a Friday night. We had dined there before, and so we asked for the conversation-friendly back room. Our scaloppines (one with artichokes, one alla pizzaiola) were very good if just a bit salty. The serving size was perfect. We enjoyed a nice pinot noir over conversation and never felt rushed by the attentive waitstaff. Gaetano's is one of our favorite places in the near west suburbs.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is not your typical Italian food - it is gourmet dining. It was absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend this restaurant. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and they do not push you through the dinner. Great place.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of Good Food and Wine
Celebrating our wedding anniversary we ordered their Gaetapas menu with coordinated wine pairings. The quality and variety of food was excellent. The tapas menu was billed as three courses, but it was really more like 12. The portions were right sized to experience the incredibly diverse flavors of the many different ingredients. The matched wine pourings were generous and many. And the dessert rounds were equal to the flavorful dinner. Overall, the food and wine were very good, almost too much so. Be sure to arrive hungry. The ambiance;, however; was a little lacking in comparison. There are two sections to this restaurant, one in the front - which is much nicer, and the other in the rear - where we were seated. Request the front.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Favorite Chicago-Area Restaurant
I've enjoyed chef Gaetano's cooking for years and am never disappointed. Every thing about this place is fantastic.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience. The staff is professional, courteous and considerate of our every need
So fun to have a menu that was unique and everything sounded delicious.
We really enjoyed our evening!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
When looking for fresh food idea's, this is the place. We always do the Chef's Choice w/ wine pairing when we go, and every time, we are amazed at the new dishes and wines they always prepare and find. Chef Gaetano puts in the time and talent every day.
The big name restaurants in Chicago have nothing over Gaetano's.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never fails to please, even when the menu options have been trimmed a little. All the offerings sound divine, and taste better, so it is still difficult to choose. We went with the Gaetapas menu and indulged in a generous variety of appetizer tastes, one pasta dish and 3 desserts. What could be better, when everything sounds appealing? The dates stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in pancetta were particularly amazing. I usually don't think of having my scallops with cocoa and a dark chocolate vinaigrette with aged balsamic, but I will now. So delicious!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is superb, better than most 5 star restaurants downtown.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Italian Food
We went there Friday night. The food was very good! The service was just ok. It's great to know that we have a real authentic Italian restaurant near our home. We will definitely be back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
From beginning to end...it
From beginning to end...it did not disapoint...we will be back for sure ...and tell all of our friends about thisw gem..
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of this world Italian food with an awesome menu.....so many dishes that sound amazing. Do not miss the calamari appetizer or the short ribs. So decadent. Great martinis too with blue cheese olives - a heft drink, not one of those puny little 3 sip glasses!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, great service
This is the 3rd time I've been to Gaetano's. Great food! At the server's recommendation, we tried the dates for an appetizer, which I didn't think I would like but they were delicious. The wild boar papardelle was especially good. Our server was friendly and helpful and answered questions honestly.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had heard from so many
We had heard from so many people that Gaetano's was a great restaurant. As we walked in, I noticed how the decor added to the warmth and atmosphere of the room. The colors were warm. We did the Gaetapas so we could get a good sampling of what the food was like. We were so impressed with the quality and the artistry of each item. My husband loved the wine and will look for it for when we have guests. Our waiter, Bela, and the rest of the wait staff, were appropriately attentive. My husband thanked me profusely for taking him there for his 76th. birthday. A great meal. We'll go back!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM