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About Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

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

7636 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Ashland

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 366-4010

Website:
http://gaetanosforestpark.com/

Catering:
Call us for Details (708) 366-4010

Executive Chef:
Gaetano DiBenedetto

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

Special Events & Promotions:
See our website for Information, http://www.gaetanosforestpark.com

Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
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Good for Groups (4)
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·Dined 4 days ago

A true gem. Family driven with a sincere respect for the food, wine, and guest well being. It is a privilege to be in this space and share this experience. Creative and innovative without being “precious”.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food, service, and the tasting menu was out of this world!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Where to begin? We’ve been dining with Chef Gaetano and his team since his days at La Piazza. He never fails to please. From the warm, inviting greeting and seating to the superb service by Bela, the food was the icing on the proverbial cake. The calamari and asparagus appetizer is simply to die for! Salad so fresh and delectable with hearts of palm. Tagliatelle with lobster and scallops...hello I’ve been to heaven! Short ribs and saffron risotto...best...ever...anywhere...melt in your mouth! Get the bottle of Barolo and have some liquid velvet to accompany your perfect meal. The tortellini with ricotta and truffle oil...I completely understand why it’s Gaetano’s favorite. No other restaurant in the Western Burbs is even in the same league as Gaetano’s. Trust me, I lived in Wicker Park/Bucktown/Ukie Village from ‘92-‘04...if you want the finest of the best city dining without the snobbery, attitude and having to park 6 blocks away, then come to Gaetano’s. I guarantee you’ll return, again and again. A special shout out to Bela for his conscientious, courteous and spectacular service. Bravo!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been to Gaetano's many times. We enjoy the food very much, and when Gaetano is there, he adds a special personal touch to the dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The best beef ribs over a baguette which had a beef gravy that was topped with scallops that I’ve ever had in my entire life!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food is always innovative, exciting and delicious. A neighborhood gem. It's a small restaurant, so everything is fresh and made to order. The only problem in our recent experience was the service. It was unnaturally slow, particularly since we were some of the first to arrive. We were told the kitchen was trying to "catch up," but the restaurant is always filled, so very surprised they did not have this down. I was also disappointed in that this was a special birthday celebration, listed on res, but no acknowledgement made. Since prices make Gaetano's a "special treat," I was really hoping for that personal touch. We're still likely to go for the next BIG (intimate) celebration. Hoping for better service, but know the good will still be great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was not as good as it has been in the past. We may go back but not in the near future.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful and rich, as always. We were very pleased.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was delicious - Enjoyed every bite.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Spectacular food. Really great hospitality and adept professional service. Love this place.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We opted to have Gaetano’s Tapas tasting. Loved every bite and enjoyed savoring the various taste presented that although were quite different complimented each other so well. Prepare yourself it is plenty of food and this was the Tapas tasting. Simply delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Gaetano's has been a favorite for years. Extraordinary food and service and it never gets old. Best Italian food in the city.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Creative and flavorful cuisine. Top notch ingredients and presentation. Great selection of wines. It's our go-to place for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

What a gem in Forest Park ILLINOIS , food, service always consistent and beats most restaurants in downtown Chicago .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Authentic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Cozy
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The quality at Gaetano's is superb. Both my friend and I were on restricted diets (NO gluten) and have food allergies. Gaetano was there and he had the kitchen create a meal that was not only fabulous, but within ALL our restrictions. This place is a local gem and worth every penny. My absolute go to favorite place. And the wines are outstanding, too!

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Oustanding, as usual. Like many of the wines they serve, it gets better with time!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Organic, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is the best place ever, but don't tell anyone because we'll never get a table again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I went for my birthday and enjoyed an absolutely amazing dinner, the Chef's tasting meal. Wow.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We always eat here for special occasions and we take our out of town friends and family here for the best Italian food in the city!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Really great Italian. Innovative recipes and choices. Beautifully presented. Service is outstanding. Note: the items on the menu are flavorful, fresh but rich. Lots of butter. Not the place for you if you're dieting. Everything is so good you'll want to try it all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As much Sicilian as Italian, food offerings are unlike virtually any other places, with flavor combinations and textures unencountered elsewhere. Dish originality includes varieties of homemade pasta (including ravioli filled with unusual combinations), dessert in a flowerpot, chocolate powder paired with seafood, truffles served with several dishes. Service is combo friendly/knowledgeable with several there for many years. Many first-timers we've taken here react (without prompting) to 1st or 2nd dish with a sign of recognition that this is anything but a neighborhood Italian restaurant, it's someone who loves/knows food, is willing to take chances, and achieves a level of competence better than 2- to 2 1/2- times as expensive downtown restaurants.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were disappointed in the service and servers attitude.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been enjoying Gaetano’s restaurants for 13+ years. His creativity and attention to detail are remarkable. This is consistently the finest dining in the area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was even better than last time. Service was super-friendly, humorous, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was imaginative, right sized and best of all - tasty.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best experiences we have had. Have had Italian food in many regions of Italy and this was amazing. Ask for Bubba. Great server.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

What a gem in Forest Park.. always great food and service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I always enjoy their mussels, although they weren't as large this time as they usually are. The chorizo stuffed dates are my all time favorite. I can't dine here without ordering them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We were in town on business and this place was highly recommended. We absolutely lived it! Service was stellar. The food was divine!
Could not have asked for a better dinner. Bubba our waiter was pretty honest and extremely funny.
Order the gnocchi!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had an excellent meal and very good service. I can understand how Gaetano's rates very high with foodies and lovers of great Italian food. This is definitely a special occasion place for most people because prices are definitely in the upper, upper bracket. We ordered off the menu rather than choosing from the $60 and $75 special tasting menu so we could each order our favorite choices. Be careful with alcoholic beverages at Gaetano's as they will push up your check total very quickly. I think $55. for an average to slightly above average bottle of Chardonnay is rather steep. That said, every dish we ordered tasted terrific. Portion sizes were modest but adequate.
A plus for food quality, B minus for funky ambience, C minus for bang for the buck.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Amazing!!!! Very attentive staff! Will definitely return!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Gaetanos is as good as eating in Italy. Authentic ingredients and recipes. And always with fresh ingredients. Truly amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome little Italian place that I would go back to a million times! Awesome service and the food is delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Enjoyed the speck and fog appetizer very much. Mussels were plumb and the brith was excellent. Did not like the grated cheese on them. The chefs favorite pasta was excellent. Flourless chocolate cake just ok. Bread and hummus were great. Would give it another try.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Gaetano's continues to be my go-to restaurant in the greater Chicago area. I drive an hour to get there and once I walk in the door, I'm transported to another place. Gaetano is always in house and is the most creative chef I've ever come across, and, one of the most gracious hosts you will ever meet. He's also chosen a first class wait staff which really puts forth an effort for you to enjoy the dining experience. Every time we visit there's always a bounty of specials to try which take advantage of seasonal ingredients in the mind and hands of a master chef.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Second time there. Didn't disappoint. Bread is outstanding. Meals were like a Tuscany kitchen.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Eating here with either of the chef's tasting menus is an incredible joy. We were a group of 6, and every taste of each dish elicited a round of ooooh's from everyone at the table. Gaetano is an amazing and talented and creative chef and he delights in wanting everyone to have a wonderful time. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Dinner was really very nice. Was out for a date night with my husband. Our waiter was named Bubva, and he knew what he was talking about. Nice fellow. Our bus boy, Rory, was great! In our opinion, Rory should be promoted to waiter. A delightful dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

It's a great experience from walking in the door to walking out. The food is delicious and the wine pairing is always right on. The staff is knowledgeable and approachable. It's a place you look forward to returning to as you are leaving.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always the finest food in the area!

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