Gaetano’s Tavern on Main Still Going Strong
There has been a rumor that one of Wallingford’s best eateries, Gaetano’s Tavern on Main, is closing down. Well, to paraphrase Twain, the reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Gaetano’s, located in Simpson’s Court at 40 North Main Street in Wallingford, has no plans of going anywhere. In fact, the Meriden Record-Journal recently announced the winners of their annual Reader’s Choice awards and Gaetano’s did very well, placing 2nd in the “Best American Food” category and 3rd in both the “Best Banquet Facility” and “Most Romantic” categories. Sisters Debbie Pacileo and Cheryl Milot have worked hard to bring their customers the best in service and food since they opened in 2003, and they have not disappointed.
The restaurant is divided into two areas, the dining area and “Patsy’s Pub”, the bar area named after their grandfather. The dining room is at once quietly elegant and romantically casual, with tiled floors, accent lighting and an alcove reminiscent of a gazebo. The bar is a throwback to old-style pubs, with a wooden bar, high-top tables and a wide front window.
We’re frequent visitors to Gaetano’s, and one of my favorite meals is the Pastrami Bomb sandwich, a fabulous concoction of pastrami. onions, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, Russian dressing and melted Swiss cheese on a grinder roll. Served with their zesty french fries, it’s a meal I highly recommend! The rest of their menu is equally as tasty, and the portions are generous while the prices are very reasonable. During the summer months you can even enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio instead of inside.
Gaetano’s does on-site and off-site catering as well, and also runs weekly specials and is currently offering a dinner (or lunch) for four for $20, including dessert, every Monday through Wednesday. And if you’re the gambling type, they also have a weekday raffle for a free lunch; they will give you a raffle ticket before you order, and if they pick your number, your lunch is on them!
Their hours of operation are:
Sunday: 9 AM to 11 PM
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 1 AM
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 AM – 2 AM
Make sure you visit Gaetano’s Tavern on Main soon, and tell them Pat & Wayne Harriman sent you!