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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
+1 708-366-4010
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Overview
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good8%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (11 reviews)
“scallops” (8 reviews)
“stuffing” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian
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LOCATION
7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
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1 - 10 of 78 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We have been to Gaetano's many times and always have a great meal and great service. This time was a little more special as the owner, who was doing a tasting menu for a table near us, was very willing to prepare a particularly interesting...More

Thank BK_overdrive
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We usually go to Gaetano's to celebrate. We meet friends there on Saturday for our anniversary. We had a fabulous meal as usual. We started with crab cakes and the calamari. The calamair is one of our favorites. The tube is stuffed with asparagus, tempura...More

1  Thank Lisa8610
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Booked for a family dinner (of 3) on a Saturday evening (6:30). Valet parked (complimentary) and were shown to our table in the overflow room at the back of the restaurant, which was also quite full. It was a warm evening and the a/c came...More

Thank michael n
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is not your average Italian restaurant....it is Italian elevated, it is Italian with rustic and asian flairs yet refined and amazing! From the wild boar ragu to the wet and dry aged steaks to the fresh shaved truffle pasta, no one leaves disappointed or...More

Thank Nichole74
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Love Gaetano's food!! It's a little expensive but worth it. Since it's delicious!! Always get great service also!! And if Gaetano is in he always gives a friendly hello!! Definitely a nice dinner for a date!! If you haven't gone?!!! Go :)

Thank PickyEater60130
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Excellent presentation and taste, but expensive for what you get. Everything a la carte. Chef and owner visible.

Thank Nancy1256
Reviewed 16 August 2016

I have relatives in River Forest, and they've been telling me I need to visit Gaetano's for years. I finally made it there, and what an amazing treat it was! The service was attentive without being overbearing, the wine recommendations were spot-on, and the food...More

1  Thank Meg S
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic. We do the tastings menu and it never disappoints. If you appreciate authentic Italian and quality ingredients, this is your place. Can't say enough.

Thank JennCain
Reviewed 19 June 2016

My son has lived in Forest Park for a few years now and every time we're in the area, we say we need to try Gaetano's. Tonight was the night! My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner. The restaurant itself is a small place...More

Thank Mari9
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

This is the best restaurant in the near western suburbs. The food and service are consistently outstanding. The prices are reasonable for the exceptional experience. If you're in the mood for memorable Italian food, do not hesitate and give this place a try. I have...More

Thank Cosmofighter
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glutten free option
27 December 2015|
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Response from Hallie B | Reviewed this property |
YES, absolutely. In fact that was how we found this place the first time, for their exceptional hand-made GLUTEN FREE pasta. Their gluten-free pasta with red sauce is still hands-down the best we've ever had.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
16:30 - 22:30
Saturday
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
    (Ashland)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Forest Park
  • Phone Number: +1 708-366-4010
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Description
Analyzing who Gaetano is, and where he comes from (Bagheria, Sicily), he decided to go back to his roots and the basic fundamentals of Mediterranean cuisine, honoring the chef’s who taught him, his parents, and his mentor, Francesco Paolo Sanmarco, the proprietor of A’Cuccagna in Palermo, Sicily. The Mediterranean diet is more about education and a cariety of simple, aromatic, healthy and organic ingredients. For centuries, Sicily (in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea) was invaded by Spain, Greece and the Normans, to name a few. Every invading country left their ‘mark’ on Sicily, by adding to and enhancing the cuisine. At Ristorantino Mediterraneo, you will find many flavors, more well known in other cultures, for instance, ‘sweet and sour’ flavor is more of an Arabic influence, however this is the flavor you will find in traditional Sicilian Caponata.
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