Gaetano’s and Ristorantino Mediterraneo

Type: Restaurant
Location: Forest Park, Illinois

Size: Facade Update
Completion: 2010

Originally a dark and drab eatery, Sicily native and Executive Chef Gaetano Di Benedetto wanted to spice up the façade of his existing restaurant.

A single-story building, the renovation gives the appearance of a two-story, Old-World Italian storefront. Widler Architectural completed the overhaul on an extremely modest budge by utilizing cost-cutting measures such as the reuse of the front glass and entrance door. The new exterior is layered stucco over existing brick, and a reclaimed door and railing add rustic design elements to the restaurant’s exterior.