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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

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7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403 (Ashland)
+1 708-366-4010
17:00 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Darien, Illinois
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 fried and served with a sun dried tomato and spicy shrimp sauce. My husband had... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 on blowing cool air on two seats, so we requested if this could be addressed.... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 hungry. Really a treat anytime one ventures into this experience.

Thank Nichole74
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Forest Park, Illinois
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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

Thank Nancy1256
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 was to-die-for. My understanding is that the menu changes regularly, so I can say that... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Naperville, IL
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153 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 with a great ambiance, nicely decorated and clean. I love that the tables along the... More 

Thank Mari9
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 tasted many of the dishes, but if I had to make just one recommendation, I... More 

Thank Cosmofighter
Allegan, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Before coming to the Chicago area I always wanted to try wines and some different kinds of foods. But everytime I tried a wine I didn't seem to like it. This place was suggested to us by the owner of the Harvey House were we were staying. She gave the place a good review and said that it would be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Forest Park
  • Phone Number: +1 708-366-4010
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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