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.
Amazing place! We loved everything about Gaetano's. The servers were courteous and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious. And the dessert was to die for. Probably the best tiramisu I've ever had. Great selection of wines as well. We'll definitely be returning very soon!
Great service. We love the house salad and focaccia with hummus. Shared a linguine w/broccoli & leeks, made special for us as vegetarians. House red wine is a good value. Gonna make this a more regular place.
Gaetano’s is always good! Chef’s special is a lot of food but provides an awesome variety to taste.
The Valentine's menu was fantastic- unique offerings, and authentic Italian cuisine, paired with a dedicated, consistent staff. The atmosphere is cozy. Gaetano's s is a hidden Gem!
Excellent food, David was fantastic and knowledgeable.
Our favorite restaurant. Always Great - food, service, staff, ambiance. Our out of town friends were really impressed.
For my husband's birthday this year, I wanted to do something special so we went to Gaetano's for the first time. Wow. EVERYTHING was fantastic - the service, the food, the atmosphere, and the chef came out to talk to us twice and was delightful. We are now big fans and will be returning here for other special occasions!
This is the third time I’ve been to Gaetano’s. Took three family members there to celebrate birthdays. We were all thrilled with the service & the food! Top notch, all the way.
My wife and I enjoyed an early Valentines Day dinner this past Saturday. We went with the Chef’s Choice menu and really enjoyed it. The poached shrimp/quinoa/avocado mouse appetizer was delicious. There was also a vegan pasta dish that you could not tell was vegan. It was so flavorful.
Can’t wait to return.
Excellent. An absolute must-go for anyone seeking an authentic Italian experience in the near west suburbs. Very highly recommend!
The food was very good but the Scallops came out warm not hot.
Absolutely delicious dinner with an incredible menu. The staff was fantastic and very helpful. I have celiac disease and the owner/executive chef Gaetano came out and spoke to me directly to make sure my meal was gluten free. The entire evening was phenomenal.
Food is very good, eclectic for your typical "Italian" restaurant. Unique take on popular dishes, ie calamari, deconstructed pear/gorgonzola salad, etc. Some of the menu items try almost too hard to be different which ends up with odd pairings of certain flavors, but overall, good.
Great food and excellent service.
Fantastic food. Chef Gaetano brought his A game. Always fun and a wonderful meal!
Just love this place. Been here several times over the years and it’s always a knockout. The food is always creative and a wonderful surprise. The staff is very friendly and provide great service. I can not recommend this place enough.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!