Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gaetano's inventiveness and Dave's attentiveness always make for a wonderful event! Everyone was pleased

GG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative ideas driving by fresh and wholesome foods. Staff very attentive and helpful for our first time. Also able to accommodate food allergies without hesitation! Try chef’s choice menu!

M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Chef G accommodated my friend’s dietary restrictions. Dave, our waiter, was funny and cool!

s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gaetano's continues to offer creative high quality food and drink. Whether you order a special menu or make selections a la carte, you will be very pleased and satisfied. This restaurant has stood the test of time and continues to provide surprises!

PJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best Italian restaurant that my and my family and friends have been to in years. And they are picky Italian's. Will be going back there soon.

BW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't believe it took me this long to check out this restaurant. Fantastic meal and great service. Can't wait to go back.

RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always. Haven't had a bad meal there yet. Will definitely go back.

PR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! For me, the only negative was the limited space. .We were sat in the very back of the restaurant. It was crowded and tables were very close to each other

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the food. Fantastic. Calamari and shrimp Gorgonzola appetizers were excellent Everything was great. Tagliatelle with mushroom. Gnocchi. Pomegranate martini sooo good

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Best restaurant in the western suburbs

D
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I haven’t dined at Gaetano’s for quite awhile. Although I have enjoyed the gnocchi with short rib in the past, this time a few gnocchi were undercooked and doughy, and the short rib was salty. Thank you for listening!

NA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience excellent as usual. Gaetano's has been our favorite for a very long time.

j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

This quirky little restaurant was recommended to our group of five for an early weekday dinner before a lecture at the Dominican University. The service was attentive and our server reminded up that wines were 1/2 off on that day which we took advantage of willingly. The food was exceptional . The risotttos were the best we've had, the eggplant parm was presented in a copper pot and ,like the risottos was the best we've every had. The decor is very rustic right down to the rest rooms. Hint: the women's restroom water faucet is atypically modern compared with the surrounding. We had fun and dined well.

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chefs tasting menu was a masterpiece! Combined with warm and highly knowledgeable service who handled our group of ten (including allergies and non-fish eaters) without missing a beat. Chef Gaetano produces delicious food-art and manager Dave keeps the staff humming like a friendly and finely tuned machine. You must try this place. You won’t regret it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to being an exceptional dining experience, I am always struck by Gaetano’s over the top hospitality and service!! Cocktails are exceptional. Beautiful presentation of freshly prepared appetizers, pastas, and entrees. A definate favorite of ours. Will return.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Core meals are excellent but the spin on traditional appetizers are a flop. Sticking to the core Sicilian dishes would be 5 stars

MD
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! The food was delicious! The service was impeccable, I can't wait to go back!

g
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item is scrumptious.

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gaetano still provides creative Mediterranean cuisine . Outstanding! We had Gaetapas and each course was better.
Such consistent quality, atmosphere and service. We so enjoyed our culinary adventure!
Thank you. We will be back:)

MJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was outstanding. The tasting menu was divine.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious! Reminds me of those little intimate grotto restaurants in Rome!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience every time!

AA
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!!!! Will definitely be back. We had a shrimp appetizer, mushroom pasta and steak. Delicious!!!

a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Food was hot, delicious and well prepared. we had the cannolicchii al cartoccio and Fettuccine alla Mazzarese (our favorites) Can't wait to go back.

SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, dishes and attention to detail are at impeccable levels. We just love the experience Gaetano’s provides every time. The staff remains the same. Sometimes the owner is there and really cares for how you are being treated. Don’t tell too many people about this joint . It is cozy with a pleasing atmosphere.

GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service. Very knowledgeable staff!

f
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the back room whixh was nice- quiet, cozy and no competing noise. Great meal 3 of us had the escarole (baked white fish) one had gnocci and one had pasta- all good. Service is well above average so overall very happy w our evening.

SB
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to go to Gaetano’s on special occasions, the food and service are outstanding and just make the day even more special

j
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Late Summer prix fixe menu. It is still available. Perfect for two, it is a light and elegant dinner. Dave, who is in charge of wine selection for Gaetano's, can help you choose your wine/s. Try to go for dinner during the week when the restaurant is a little quiet. Enjoy your slow-paced dinner. "Live in the moment." And wind down completely from the challenges of your day.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary and had a phenomenal time. The service was fantastic and the menu had a lot to offer. Everything we had was a culinary delight with incredible flavors and textures. We will definitely be back again soon!!

CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the chef's table with the wine pairing. Absolutely fantastic! The waiter was extremely knowledgeable and the wines were PERFECT.

CP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite place for a special occasion. The chefs taster menu was amazing!

j
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Gaetapas plus the wine pairings, a no brainer especially since they were at a reduced orice because it was a Thursday night. These were all selected, or pre-selected, by Gaetano, who stpped by to chat several times. Also, Dave waited on us. He is extremely knowledgeable about all the food and wines. We dine out a fair amount in Chicago, as well as other U. S. cities (San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston, Kansas City, Savannah, etc. ) and in Europe, especially Italy. Not only is the service impeccable, with each new dish or set of dishes arriving at our table with perfect timing, the dishes themselves are uniquely imaginative and a special treat for the palate, and the wine pairings were just right for each dish or set of dishes. A totally enjoyable and memorable dining experience, among the best in the U. S. if not the world.

r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did the GaeTapas, we where very disappointed in the the first 3 plates. They did not look appetizing and where just okay. However the next 5 plates where extraordinary, The main plate was divine and the dessert where just right.

RC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here but it won't be the last. I read up on the reviews and the menu beforehand so we had a pretty good idea what to expect. What I didn't expect was just how good it was.The food was outstanding. Our server was always there when you needed something without overdoing it. I only gave it 5 stars because there is no category for 6.

JW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this dude and his restaurant!

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I thought Gaetano’s was an awesome restaurant. The place is quite small but very appealing. The sink in the bathroom was so creative . The food was exceptional. We will definitely return. This time I want to try the homemade pasta which was mixed at the table by the chef and owner. The service was spot on. The owner also found time to speak to us at our table. Great find!

CK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been awhile since i had eaten there. The tasting meal did not disappoint at all. Food was amazing. Looking forward to going back.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and wine list, as always! Service is always attentive and engaging, very knowledgeable, without being intrusive. Overall, always one of the top dining experiences.

LG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

best Italian outside of Italy! ever changing menu In a great homey space!