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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

4.8
978 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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
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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Call us for Details (708) 366-4010
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ashland
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See our website for Information, http://www.gaetanosforestpark.com
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 978 People Are Saying
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food
4.8
service
4.5
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The best restaurant in the west burbs.

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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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Was maybe the best meal I've ever had! Go for the Chef's Tasting menu!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing food & service and Gaetano himself is so nice!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Four ladies celebrating a birthday on a Friday night. This restaurant is an absolute jem. Cute, romantic, most amazing staff and authentic food. The owner, Gaetano, came by and chatted with us for quite a while. Our server, David, was fabulous. Every single food item and cocktail we had was over the top good! We will be back. (They were very accommodating to our one friend who is gluten intolerant.)

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Outstanding food, great service. Enjoyed it and will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

You can always have a wonderful meal at this restaurant. The food is always well prepared the service superior in the variety of the menu excellent

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Love Gaetano's. Have been with them forever; never fails to please.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was good, the service great. The tree-branch presentation of the appetizer was excellent. Francesco put on quite a show when deboning the fish in my wife's entree. The ambiance made us fell like we were somewhere in Tuscany.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was outstanding as usual. Gaetano was there, and was a very gracious host. His food recommendations were very helpful as well.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great authentic Italian cooking

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everything was delicious and you must try this place. Make sure you make a reservation though. We went on a Saturday and it is very upbeat. I had the short rib and it was delicious. One of the best I have had. My girlfriend had the tagliatelle with lobster and it was outstanding. My husband tried the veal and said it was just okay not the best he has had. Service was great and overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Absolutely love the food! The chef is very creative and we always try the specials! We have been coming here since they opened and have never been disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Consistently wonderful and innovative. One of the very best Italian restaurants in the Chicago area.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Perfect for my wife's birthday with friends. Wonderful service and out of this world food

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My husband proposed to me at Gaetano's one year ago. We went back this weekend for our anniversary and just like last time, it didn't disappoint. The food is amazing. Truly. He is a genius. I always recommend this place to everyone looking for a great meal. I say he is like the Willy Wonka of Italian food. It's never quite what you expect, but exceeds every expectation you may have. The atmosphere is like you are sitting in your Italian grandmother's kitchen; very homey and cozy. The service is great as well. I would recommend the pork chop - it is out of this world. Enjoy! And thank you Gaetano for one amazing meal after another. Cheers to you!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Consistently excellent food! Wait staff always attentive and amazing. Portions are large in my experience (appetizer and small salad is usually enough for me) and not cheap...but oh, so good!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Another completely AMAZING meal thanks to Chef Gaetano and Dave Rita. Chef's Table is the only choice you should make here. Sit down and surrender to Chefs mood. Never the same thing, always surprising, transcendental food. Please support this amazing Chef. I know I'll be back

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It’s with a heavy heart that I leave this review. We’ve had wonderful meals here before but this evening was less than acceptable. We were kept waiting for 15 minutes while they setup our table, bad start considering no one actually left while we were waiting. Then our waitress was much less than attentive, for example, 2 of us wanted the chefs choice menu and 1 didn’t. She left in the middle of the order to check if that was possible and didn’t come back for 15 MINUTES. We finally were told it was ok but that was a fiasco with my college friend visiting from NYC waiting forever for his entre.

The delivery of the different components of the meal was haphazard and ruined the normally wonderful cascade of flavors offered. It was rushed then delayed, not properly explained and my friend and I were both hit by errant utensils flying off the plates as they’re were taken away.

I’m disappointed and surprised at how badly the meal went. It’s pretty pricey and there are so many other amazing options in the area, we won’t be back!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is a great, upscale Italian eatery. The food is the main attraction, although the service is excellent (Greg). The mushroom risotto with duck and blueberries is fabulous, but every thing I have had has been delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent meal. Creative menu, attentive service. Chef checks with each table. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Calamari aopetizer is exquisite.
Lamb and duck combo entree is very nicely cooked.
Pasta dish with wild mushrooms and wild boar is magnificent. (And really hearty !!).

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The place is amazing and the food is always top notch, brought 3 other couples and all were very impressed, service is exellent. And the food is always so pretty, the taste is just heaven

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First time dining here in Forest Park. Great food and ambience! We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

excellent as always.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We've been going to Gaetano's since it opened and it is a home run every single time.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Our 4th visit in the past 8 months. The last 3 times I had the shrimp and crab stuffed pork chop. Yep, odd combo but it is so good that I had it 3 times in a row! Thursday night I broke free and had the beef short rib and risotto. Another great meal.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We've been here a dozen times. It is always the best meal in the OPRF area

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My spouse and I both had pasta dishes. Personally my taste is smaller amounts of garlic. I love how garlic adds to the overall flarvor of a dish but when it is the main star I get a bit disappointed. I'm sure I missed some other delightful tastes because of what i consider to be excess. My two daughters would have loved my pasta..they love their garlic! I will go back and simply request a smaller presence to aby future dish and hopefully I won't offend the chef. It was an excellant meal and we will certainly return. My wifes pasta was the boar dish and it was excellant...she won!
Food was 4.5 and Overall was also 4.5 but we cant give half stars!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My wife and I have been regulars at Gaetano's for many years. We went on Saturday night with two of our children and we all had great food. The chef accommodated my wife's special request for ribs with scallops, I had tagliatelle with lobster. The children had chitarre with seafood and rigatoni trasteverina. All dishes were excellent as usual. The service was prompt and courteous. I definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always an amazing meal! Knowledgable servers. Very attentive staff. Delicious food!!!!
Can’t wait until our next meal at Gaetano’s!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My Girl friend and I enjoyed our meals and time at Gaetano's immensely.
We will definitely recommend to family and friends looking for a nice adult dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Another excellent experience. Tried the barramundi and it was outstanding.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I have visited Gaetano's three times now and have not been disappointed. This time, however, was a different story. Valentine's day dinner; $85/plate: Service was as good as past experiences, until a hair was found in my fiance's dish. Server offered to replace the dish, we declined. He left the plate of food--with the hair--on our table for us to look at while I finished my meal. (gross!) Needless to say we lost our appetite. When I asked why he left the food on our table he blamed it on the fact that they are "exponentially busier" tonight than any other night. He ended up (reluctantly) giving us half-off our bottle of wine to make up for the hair in her dish after I asked that something please be done on our bill. Again, I've been to Gaetano's multiple times and the food/service have been outstanding until this visit. Now I am debating whether or not to recommend to friends. I hope Gaetano places an emphasis on customer service to match the food quality (typically) found here.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Simply phenomenal. The waiter was most accommodating and fun. Food incredible flavors!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful and recommended a great wine to go with our Valentines Day meal. The meal was outstandinf and more than enough food for the two of us. All around a great experience. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Gaetano’s never disappoints. Magnificent food. Attentive service by whole staff, esp. Bela!

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