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
Forest Park, IL 60130
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Closed Sunday
$31 to $50
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Call us for Details (708) 366-4010
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
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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo Ratings and Reviews
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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