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.
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UV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been many times and was wonderful again! I recommend to anyone looking for a truly excellent meal!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gaetano’s is always fantastic. The servers are so friendly and knowledgeable and Mr. Gaetano is a super nice guy.

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Dining at Gaetano's is always a delight.The entire staff is welcoming and very professional.The food is outstanding.All Italian wine list is short but with interesting choices at affordable prices. I always order a pasta dish and I am always amazed.The gnocchi with beef short rib ragu is the ultimate comfort food.The chef's sometimes whimsical take on traditional Italian dishes always satisfy.

LL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always awesome food. Great variety, interesting preparations. My only improvement would be to re-arrange the tables - it is a small place and sometimes the tables are a bit squashed in or awkward. But truly a gem.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Tried chef’s tasting menu. Good selection of meats, fishes, pasta, vegetable.

MN
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. We always enjoy out dinner date at gaetanos! Thank you!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful. culinary experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect, from appetizers to wine to entree. Too full for dessert but they looked great.

b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambience! Highly recommend!

MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food and service.

D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

N
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gaetano’s is always good! Chef’s special is a lot of food but provides an awesome variety to taste.

SQ
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, David was fantastic and knowledgeable.

SB
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Always Great - food, service, staff, ambiance. Our out of town friends were really impressed.

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine's day

RS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

AD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

N
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent. An absolute must-go for anyone seeking an authentic Italian experience in the near west suburbs. Very highly recommend!

RC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good but the Scallops came out warm not hot.

AA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and excellent service.

BA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food. Chef Gaetano brought his A game. Always fun and a wonderful meal!

KC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
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 on 20 January 2020
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 on 18 January 2020
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 on 17 January 2020
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 3 January 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
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 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 31 December 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.

KT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always!

ET
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 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 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

g
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 28 December 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 28 December 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 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chefs menu and wine pairing were outstanding!