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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Special 5 course prix fixe menu tonight for $75.00 per person. Each of the first 4 courses will have a vegetarian, seafood and meat option. Fifth course will be a sampling of desserts. Regular menu not available tonight.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef came out and spoke to us personally. I have a food allergy and he accommodated it wonderfully. Food was incredible. Try the Chef's Tasting Menu!

g
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a new special, lamb chops with olives, beans, artichokes, the gravy alone would be a satisfying meal! Best lamb dish in my life.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was so delicious and thoughtful. Almost as exciting to look at as to eat it, the Chefs Tasting Menu was an adventure in eating. We particularly love that Chef Gaetano comes to the table, not only to say hello but also to ask you about what you like to eat, dietary restrictions and to talk about the food, the seasonal relevance and some of the cooking techniques. The service is impeccable and we are always glad to spend special occasions here.

MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. Great service and loved our waiter Freddie. Timing was great between taking our order, appetizers, and main dish. Food was excellent. Very authentic Italian. Price was reasonable for the quality of food. Would recommend to others.

BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

w
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

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.

ET
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

a
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gaetano's has always been and continues to be consistently excellent in their food.

g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs menu and wine pairing were outstanding!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably Chicago’s best Italian restaurant. Truly gourmet. Great wine list.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner at one of the best Italian restaurants! Everything was fabulous but this Desert is simply amazing!

B
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most creative and interesting I talian cuisine.

T
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, delicious recipes with perfect presentation. Excellent, attentive service. We have never had anything less than a 5 star experience there.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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
20 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
11 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
Chicago
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
108 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
17 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!