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Posted by teddy r. on 10/29/2013
If you love the combination of pasta and seafood, then the linguini frutti di mare is your dish. It was wonderful. The penne with bolognese was just as good. In fact everyone at the table enjoyed their dish.
Posted by Mara on 09/12/2012
Frank and Michelle are the best. The food, which I could not finish, was awesome. I got three meals out of it. Michelle has an idedic memory, she did not write anything down, yet remebered every order. Frankie was the most gracious host... He gave us complimentry drinks and dessert. Try every special, every time you come. And, come often.
Posted by Louie on 05/28/2012
I couldnt help but notice a string of crummy reviews and could not resist a chance to post my own two cents. I've eaten here dozens of times. Though not in awhile, I trekked back there last week, just to see what was up with these reviews. The place is more bar than restaurant, but has a very quaint charm to it. The food tends to be a bit pricey, and the waiters can sometimes be a bit slow, but the food is well above average, by far. I am a big eater and have never found small portions here. The lasagna is unbelievable (just make sure to order it "well done" because its sometimes not very hot inside). The baked clams are very good and the pizzas are also very good. I have never left Gaetana's unsatisfied. I think some of the reviewers before me may have some sort of axe to grind. I am not particularly troubled if my food comes in a round or oval plate. Further, if I want a side, I order one, and I am not afraid to pay for it. I've been to many restaurants, and they all pretty much operate the same way. If you are expecting 5 star service and food at 2 star prices, you will be disappointed. However, if you want to try some really good and authentic italian cooking, this is a great spot.
Posted by Debra on 11/17/2011
This was the poorest food I ever tasted, in fact it was inedible. The mussels were dry and about 1/3 of the order did not open. This was followed up with an entree order of 13 calamari breaded with a crust that was mushy when chewed followed by rubbery bands of calamari that were impossible to chew. In fact, I spit them in to the napkin. But the poorest dish was the rigatoni with broccoli; water spilled out of the rigatoni and the broccoli was both bitter and rancid leaving a dry bitter after- taste for the next 2 hours. Couldn't eat more than the initial taste of it. With the exception of the delicious rolls and olive oil served at the beginning of the meal, the rest of the meal was totally sub par and an affront to anyone who loves Italian Food.
Posted by Phillip & Lisa on 10/01/2011
We ate here for the first time Sunday September 2, 2007. We picked it out based on "reviews" and got a discount through Restaurant dot com.The place does have that "old world" Italian charm look to it. The "waiter" seems to be the owner also as he was the only person along with the busboy servicing all the tables in the place. They do have great music which is a mix of predominately jazz and adult contemporary. The portions are small to say the least. Do not be in a rush. The bread with the basil, salt, pepper and olive oil dip is outstanding, we went through two baskets - waiting on our dinner order of simple chicken parmigiana and seafood fra di avlo. If you're in the neighborhood and want to have a drink and listen to jazz-good place and maybe their pizza is good-it looked good along with the fried calamari other than that I would be suspect of the entrees as a whole. Don't get me wrong the "waiter/owner" was a nice gentleman but he was doing everything, where are the waiters/waitresses? It took A-W-H-I-L-E for our food to be served...Portions are small compared to the price, it seems like all entrees are served on these oval dishes were everything is portioned to sit in the center of the dish. My wife does not want to go back there again for "dinner"; if we do it would most likely only be to try the pizza and the fried calamari. This really could have been a wonderful find in the West Village if a few changes were made. Pros: Bread and oil dip, ambiance, music Cons: SMALL portions, lack of timely service
Posted by hungry patron on 09/10/2011
Some disclosure first. I have no vested interest in either Italian restaurant - I just happen to live in the area. The food at Gaetana's is sub par. Really. Actually sub par. Perhaps I went on a busy night, perhaps the kitchen was not performing as it should, but the food was down right unappetizing. So unappetizing that for the first time in my life, I sent the food back and did not feel good about paying the check. In fact, this restaurant was so disappointing, I signed up to menupages just to write a negative review. Really. I ordered two dishes - the rigatoni with pesto as a starter and the chicken milanese as a main. Let's start with the pasta, none of which is homemade. I was served overcooked bland pasta - forget ala dente, this was ala mushy. Their pesto sauce is cream based. Seriously. It's actually a green cream sauce without any hint of basil. If there is any basil, it was likely from a can. For my main I ordered chicken milanese. That is breaded, pan fried, chicken. How can it be bad? It managed to be both rubbery and burnt. On the plus side, however, the manager is delightful and was very gracious about the poor quality of the food. He assured us it was a fluke - but I am not sure that was the case. In summary - disappointing food. Skip it. Really. There are many good Italian restaurants in the area, this is not one of them.
Posted by Nit Good on 09/02/2011
Dry chicken... served with with small portion of rice? Where is the pasta? Oh, yeah, that's $3.99 extra... plus you get incredible rudness from the inflexable waitress. What Italian restaurant charges extra for pasta with a main dinner? Stay away from here....