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Gaetano's & Ristorantino Mediterraneo

7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
+1 708-366-4010
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good7%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (12 reviews)
“scallops” (8 reviews)
“short ribs” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean
7636 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1403
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Does not look like much from the outside but inside the food is fantastic. No other way to rate it. highly recommend it on nights I am not trying to get a reservation. Ask for the special and go for it.

Thank Charles M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s with a heavy heart that I leave this review. We’ve had wonderful meals here before but this evening was less than acceptable. We were kept waiting for 15 minutes after our reservation time while they setup our table, bad start considering no one actually...More

Thank Davis F
Reviewed 13 March 2018

I've been eating Gaetano di Benedetto's cooking since before I had children (they're now 28 and 26...), and he never ceases to amaze me. Whether ordering off the menu, one of his "Gaetapas" chef's selections, or asking for something "a little bit different", Chef always...More

Thank mikejaz2
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Worth the price. Every course was really well thought out and interesting. A great atmosphere to sit and visit for hours while you eat. The waiters are attentive and knowledgeable. We had two bottle of really nice wine. Our bill was 500$ but you don’t...More

Thank Ryanorser
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Tried this well-rated place tonight. I won't go back, but if you're determined to go here's some good advice: 1. Don't let them seat you in the back area. Wait for a table up in the front. The back area has NO personality and neither...More

Thank Goally
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about this place. It's hands down my favorite Italian restaurant. All four of us loved our dishes. My husband had a veal scallopini dish, I had lobster and shrimp in a mild sauce. Our friends had a pork chop and one...More

Thank LeannePas
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Very nice restaurant with terrific food. Gaetano's gives an innovative experience of food keeping the traditional Italian/ Sicilian traditional recipes it is worth trying their homemade salami, mortadella , prosciutto The place is cosy and the owner Gaetano , who is the chef, very nice...More

Thank lori g
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The food kept coming, and we were not disappointed at all! Absolutely incredible combination of flavors, authentic Italian with wonderful presentation and taste was some of the best I've ever had - anywhere!

Thank Lauri W
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant for friends, family or business. The food is exceptional. We had 6 different dishes and we couldn't agree which was better.. they were all wonderful.

Thank bclarke292
Reviewed 28 June 2017

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
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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
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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