Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo
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.
I lived in Europe for 10years. This is the real deal. It boasts a homey, authentic, elegant, and delicious meal. Can’t wait to go back!
We have been Gaetano's fans for years Best northern Italian restaurant around the western suburbs .Visit every New Years and throughout the year Service is excellent Gregg ,Bella and Dave will make sure and our Chief Gaetano always pays us a visit .Food is outstanding and menu changes often to make sure there's variety from season to season A little expensive but we fit it into our budget I would recommend ANYONE to have a great Italian experience at Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo in Forest Park Illinois
Understood it was a limited menu, but very, very limited for a vegetarian. We should have selected a different venue for New Years Eve.
We were seated in “back room” which lacks the ambiance of front section. It is small and low ceiling; the sound bounces off the walls so it became loud to the point you could not hear the person 3 feet across from you.
The bench along the south wall collapsed... the back edge fell off a thin support. After 3 people at other tables managed to get up out of the crevice created, my guest fixed the seating. But the occurrence is likely to happen again.
Had a very nice pre-concert meal with friends recently. Expansive menu provided good choices for the group. Really appreciated the 50% off wine offer on Mondays too. Service was great! Not our first visit and we will be back soon.
Gaetano's has always been and continues to be consistently excellent in their food.
We are pretty regular customers but this may have been our best visit yet. We had a group of 8 celebrating a birthday and made a special request to have the chef prepare his minestrone soup (which he did). This, and every course, was scrumptiously delicious, arrived at proper intervals, and could not have been better. The only mishap was that one drink was ordered on the rocks and arrived neat, which they offered to rectify. The pistachio-cello was a surprise for dessert, never had anything like it before.
Gaetano took my wife and I on a Spectacular food journey covering all of Italy. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary.
Chefs menu and wine pairing were outstanding!
Probably Chicago’s best Italian restaurant. Truly gourmet. Great wine list.
One of the best restaurants in the western suburbs. I’ve been to Gaetano’s several times, and it never disappoints. Every dish I’ve ever had there is outstanding.
Birthday dinner at one of the best Italian restaurants! Everything was fabulous but this Desert is simply amazing!
Most creative and interesting I talian cuisine.
We've gone to Gaetano's many times. This visit, several of the items we ordered were too salty. The mushroom risotto, which has been outstanding in the past, was significantly too salty. The escargot appetizer was also a bit too salty. The lobster pasta was flawless. Chefs need to taste test before over salting things.
Bela was our server again and everything was delicious. We did the chef's choice tasting menu with the reserved wine pairing. We will be back.
Creative, delicious recipes with perfect presentation. Excellent, attentive service. We have never had anything less than a 5 star experience there.
Gaetano's inventiveness and Dave's attentiveness always make for a wonderful event! Everyone was pleased
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!
Great food! Chef G accommodated my friend’s dietary restrictions. Dave, our waiter, was funny and cool!
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!
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.
Can't believe it took me this long to check out this restaurant. Fantastic meal and great service. Can't wait to go back.
Good as always. Haven't had a bad meal there yet. Will definitely go back.
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
Really enjoyed the food. Fantastic. Calamari and shrimp Gorgonzola appetizers were excellent Everything was great. Tagliatelle with mushroom. Gnocchi. Pomegranate martini sooo good
I love this place. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Best restaurant in the western suburbs
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!
Experience excellent as usual. Gaetano's has been our favorite for a very long time.
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.
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.
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.
Core meals are excellent but the spin on traditional appetizers are a flop. Sticking to the core Sicilian dishes would be 5 stars
Such a great restaurant! The food was delicious! The service was impeccable, I can't wait to go back!
Every item is scrumptious.
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:)
As always, everything was outstanding. The tasting menu was divine.
Just delicious! Reminds me of those little intimate grotto restaurants in Rome!
Wonderful experience every time!
The food and service was excellent!!!! Will definitely be back. We had a shrimp appetizer, mushroom pasta and steak. Delicious!!!
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.
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.