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Il Cacciatore Italian Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning restaurant ‘Il Cacciatore’ specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Il Cacciatore has long been a favourite with visitors and locals alike. The ambience is relaxed and casual and the service is professional, friendly and attentive.

Il Cacciatore

The North of Italy is home to the world-famous white truffle, Parmesan cheese, Parma ham, Balsamic vinegar, Barolo and Chianti wines, and of course, it produces some of the finest olive oils in the world. Our menu embraces all Northern Italy has to offer. Some menu items have been simplified or adapted to today’s taste and way of life, then carefully tested and ‘tasted’.

The key to good Italian food is freshness. There are no second bests and no Italian chef would even contemplate preparing a dish without the best quality, freshest ingredients. The seasonal menu takes advantage of fresh local produce, authentic Italian ingredients and house made pastas. Il Cacciatore is fully licensed, with full bar service, and a wine list showcasing some of the Hunter’s best wines.

Il Cacciatore also has a second dining area and a spacious adjoining deck, which overlooks the landscaped reed-lined lake. Perfect for al fresco dining, it is also available for private dinners or cocktail parties.

Adjacent to the restaurant is the cosy guest lounge featuring plush sofas and an open fire during winter where diners can enjoy a pre-dinner drink or after dinner coffee and port.

Il Cacciatore is open for dinner nightly from 6 p.m. Il Cacciatore is not open for lunch however is available for private functions during the day. Reservations are strongly recommended. Guests are advised that the restaurant is not BYO.

Il Cacciatore has a children’s menu which is available for 6pm and 6.30pm reservations only.

Restaurant Menus

Download the menu via the link below. 

Takeout Pizza & Pasta Menu

Il Cacciatore is pleased to offer a selection of pizza and pasta dishes available for ‘take out’ from 5pm daily. Pizzas are thin crust topped with our ‘home made’ sugo (fresh tomato sauce) - the gnocchi is also home made. For guests checking-in later ‘take out’ in your room or on your deck is a popular option. A fresh pizza, a glass of Hunter wine and Friday night football! Does it get any better?

Cooking school at Il Cacciatore

Il Cacciatore‘Il Cacciatore’ invites you to participate in a fun, hands-on gnocchi making class.

Organise your small group (minimum 10 – maximum 16) of like-minded individuals who enjoy Italian food, wine, a fun time and don’t mind getting down and dirty (floury)!

Our Chef will lead you through a step by step, hands-on, gnocchi making class. Following your class, you will enjoy a 2 course lunch that includes the gnocchi dishes prepared by our chef right at the table using the gnocchi you made.


  • Step by step demonstrations
  • Hands on gnocchi making
    Cooking demonstrations

The cost of $115 per person will include:

  • Gnocchi making class with some gnocchi to take home
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • 2 course lunch with wine
  • Classes can be organised for weekend lunches and any night (excluding Friday & Saturday)
  • Scheduled Classes: 7th and 21st of June, 2014. Call us on 02 4998 7639 to book!
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