Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

4.9
1014 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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 Gaetano's.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(708) 366-4010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gaetano DiBenedetto
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Catering
Call us for Details (708) 366-4010
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ashland
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Special events & promotions
See our website for Information, http://www.gaetanosforestpark.com
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1014 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The best food I have ever had! So much flavour and creativity: pear poached in Chianti with a gorgonzola fondue (insalate); scallops dusted with cocoa powder and plated with aged balsamic vinegar (antipasti); porchetta (carne); caramelised phyllo with custard and peaches (dolce).

I have never met anyone more passionate about his job than Francesco, our Sicilian server! His wine suggestions with the food were outstanding! His personality and love to please his guests were an excellent pairing with the fine cuisine.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Many regular menu servings and daily specials. We loved the golden beet carpaccio salad and
butternut squash gnocchi with mushrooms and beef rib meat.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

This is our go to spot for great Italian cuisine. Service is outstanding and friendly. Food is creative and delicious. Bravissimo!!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Food was amazing and the service even better

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

My soul rests, my taste buds rejoice. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent place. I will come back again and again and again.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Authentic Italian fare from a Chef with demanding taste and expert execution. Great meal!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Everything I had ad Gaetano’s was amazing. From the garbanzo bean dip served with the focaccia bread, to the poached pear salad with Gorgonzola fondue, to the lobster and shrimp tagliatelle, it was all delicious. We rounded out our meal with the poached peach and custard dessert, a delight of crispy sweet phyllo and poached peaches with a smooth vanilla custard. As Francesco said when we ordered the dessert “The cream is where the love is”.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

There’s a reason we return to Gaetano’s for special occasions. Got the chef’s choice w/ the wine pairing. Greg took great care of us as usual. Definitely recommend this place for the unique atmosphere and exquisite food. Never left disappointed.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was delicious, service was great very enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

First time and definitely going back. Absolutely wonderful experience and fantastic menu and service.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We love to eat in Chicago and very rarely return to the same restaurant twice. This one though we come back over and over again. The food is amazing, the staff has been there as long as the place has been open and its unlike any Italian you can find anywhere else! No matter the occasion you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Very enjoyable experience. The service was excellent and the food and menu were creative. There were several options so it is a great place for a small group of 6 or 8 friends. The place is not large so the lower noise level allowed good conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We enjoyed the 3 course tasting menu. Quality and quantity of the food was above and beyond! We highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This is the best restaurant in Chicago. Well just outside of Chicago. The chef pulls together flavors like no other. Well worth the short trip and accessible by Blue and Green lines, as well as Metra.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Everything was delicious, the portions were generous and the service was wonderful! The mushroom risotto was out of this world.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We had a table of 6. Every one of our dinners, as well as the 3 appetizers we ordered, was excellent. Service was great. And make sure to go on a Monday - half price on selected bottles of wine!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Another great meal. Best Italian-Mediterranean cuisine in Chicago, but don't tell anyone, or I won't be able to get reservations.....

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food selection and awesome service.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Gaetano's never disappoints! Excellent food, service and ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was absolutely wonderful, wine was delicious and our waiter was delightful!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great service by Bubba!! Each dish was beautifully presented and so delicious! Love the atmosphere Definitely will go back a third time!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We chose this restaurant as part of our milestone birthday celebration (2 were turning 50). It definitely lived up to the high marks given by so many other reviewers! Our party of 4 ordered 2 appetizers, salads, 4 different entrees & 2 desserts. Sure it was pricey, but the flavors in every single item we tasted were out of this world and not what you would find in just any Italian restaurant. The server was super attentive and even provided a couple of extras on the house to help us celebrate. We would definitely make this 45 minute drive again!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Gateano and his staff were very welcoming and kind and generous! We enjoyed every moment of our date there and the food was DELICIOUS! E' state una serata bellissima e speciale. Non vediamo l'ora di ritornare. - Mark e Ruthi (di Bologna e Chicago :)

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food, ambiance, and our waiter, Frank, were all magnificent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Service was great and explained all food and drink. Food was fresh, cooked/made to perfection.
Delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Simply the best food in the area, especially if you order from the specials. Sometimes Gaetano goes a bit over the top, but you need to give creative genius a bit of latitude.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always a treat! Gaetano’s is one of my all time favorites. Servers are friendly, efficient and well informed. The food is unfailingly delicious and interesting.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Food and service were amazing as always. Our go to for special celebrations.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We love it here! There is always something interesting and new on the menu and we never cease to be amazed at the flavor combinations. Gaetano does it all amazingly well! We have some favorites on the regular menu as well!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic tasting menu - loved every bite!!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Went there for our anniversary and had the Chef’s Choice. Needless to say, it was absolutely incredible. Every course left us awestruck at the flavors and uniqueness of each dish. So much food but it’s hard to stop because every bite is better than the last.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The specials menu never disappoints. We had the tuna carpaccio and stuffed zucchini blossoms as starters and the roasted beet salad for the table to share. Entrees were all on point as was the service. Water glasses were always filled and service was attentive. Bread pudding and the almond semifreddo along with a few spoons of panna cotta were a nice finish to a great meal. Thanks Gaetano!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We ordered a carpaccio appetizer and two inventive pasta dishes(strozzapreti in a butter/cheese sauce with truffle slices and pappardelle in a boar meat ragú). Both outstanding. This was our third visit and we will go again. Service also was quite good, attentive but not obtrusive. The owner/head chef came over to say hello.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Amazing food! I highly recommend this place! It’s a hidden gem!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The best restaurant in the west burbs.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My girlfriend and I had dinner to celebrate her college graduation. The ambience was nice, the food was fantastic, and the chef/owner came over and spoke with us briefly. Overall a great special occasion restaurant!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Walked in and the waiter asked if I had a reservation which I did but the place was dead!! We didn’t receive menus for 20 minutes and had to ask for them. We usually have a great time there... Hopefully when we go back it will be different.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The best service!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Outstanding... I can't say enough about the food and service. A definite treat! My spouse and I went on a Thursday night, where the "Gaetapas" tasting menu is reduced from $60 to $50... we actually wound up taking some home for the following day. You NEED to go!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Gaetano's is a taste of Sicily. The restaurant is family run with a strong family presence which makes for a special dining experience with a personal touch. The staff is well trained. I appreciate the homemade pastas and choice of antipasti, which means I usually don't make it to the secondi. Chianti choices are lovely on the wine list. This is a comfortable restaurant to enjoy a meal and talk to your dining companions - no having to shout through your meal.

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