Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant

For nearly twenty years, Gaetano’s Forest Park has earned a devoted customer following by serving patrons fresh, traditional Italian delights like crab cake cannelloni dei Cesari and Costoletta di maiale al granchio, or favorites like our tiramisu or housemade limoncello. It’s no wonder why Gaetano's is recognized as an excellent dining experience by Zagat’s Chicago and other respected publications as among the finest Italian restaurants in Chicagoland, Gaetano’s maintains the coveted Italian Q certification indicating quality and authenticity.


Chef Gaetano has also lent his abilities to good causes, and in 2010 Gaetano was honored by the Chef’s for Humanity, an organization of culinary artists from around the world who help fight hunger. Recently, during the pandemic, Gaetano’s has been working to employ people affiliated with Housing Forward, the non-profit focused on housing issues.


Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant Forest Park is conveniently located on West Madison Street between Ashland and Lathrop Avenues. 

Chef Gaetano

A native of the scenic Italian coastal town of Bagheria, Executive Chef Gaetano Di Benedetto started as an apprentice in Palermo back in 1978. He went on to graduate from culinary school and has held the Executive Chef title since 1989.


Gaetano served in Sicily as chef at the prestigious Villa Piano, where he created state dinners for Italian Presidents Francesco Cossiga and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Gaetano brought his outstanding kitchen abilities to restaurants in Milan, Paris and London before joining Disney’s first Italian restaurant in the U.S.


Gaetano – who is also an accomplished jazz guitarist – teaches culinary arts classes in both Italian and U.S. cooking schools. He was presented the “Ospitalita Italiana” award by the Italian government in 2011 for his “authentic” Italian restaurant – and honor that only 600 restaurants worldwide have achieved!

Chef Gaetano's Artisan Foods

7636 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL

Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 7:45 pm, pickup until 8:00pm | Closed Sunday and Monday


Place your orders Monday through Saturday | Curbside pickup or delivery 708-366-4010


Photos courtesy Melissa Elsmo