Greenwich Village, known for its energy and creativity, is the birthplace of beat poetry, abstract expressionism, bohemianism, and the little theater movement. We're particularly fond of our location on Christopher Street, which is the oldest street in the West Village, and our building, built in 1933, was a former longshoremen's bar.
We started Gaetana's with two things in mind: timeless recipes and an unpretentious atmosphere. The restaurant's namesake, Gaetana DeMartino, moved to New York in 1931 from Regalbuto in Sicily, Italy. Gaetana, who was known for her incredible sense of style, had a flair for cooking from simple, fresh ingredients, and if you look, you can still see basil growing from a window box on the third floor of her childhood home on MacDougal Street. Her husband and complement in life, was Frank Jr, who worked at Jilly's on West 52nd Street - Frank Sinatra's favorite bistro and a famous watering hole for celebrities in the 1960-70s.
Drawing on the bold flavors and fresh Italian ingredients of Gaetana's cooking and on Frank Jr's appreciation for Frank Sinatra and the American songbook, we've recreated her recipes in an atmosphere that would make Gaetana and both Franks proud.
Our menu of homemade bread and pizza, cheese, and pastas will warm your soul. Try them at our family dining room table in the middle of the restaurant, and don't forget our homemade dough, daily marinara, and zeppole - the local favorites!