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Il Cacciatore

Where to eat in the Hunter Valley

Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning Hunter Valley restaurant ‘Il Cacciatore’ specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Il Cacciatore has long been a favourite with visitors and Hunter Valley locals alike.  


Inspired by Northern Italy 

The key to good Italian food is freshness, simplicity and generosity. Il Cacciatore’s seasonal menu takes advantage of fresh local produce, authentic Italian ingredients and house-made pasta. Plus the wine list is everything you would expect of a Hunter Valley restaurant. 

Il CacciatoreWhere to eat in the Hunter Valley

What’s on the menu 

Here is a selection of our favourites to treat your tastebuds. 

For your entree 

Try the steamed mussels in a chilli tomato seafood broth with toasted garlic bread. Or the baked smoked cheese roman gnocchi with salami, cherry tomatoes and basil. We also love the deliciously crispy zucchini flowers filled with chorizo, feta and ricotta, accompanied with a red capsicum coulis and rocket pesto.  

 See the full range of entrées. 

For your main  

There’s everything from squid ink linguine with chilli garlic prawns to house-made pizza or chicken saltimbocca with roast garlic, soft polenta and steamed green beans 

Here are just a few of our popular mains to make you hungry: 

Pan fried Gnocchi with Duck Ragu accompanied with sweet potato, charred corn, red peppers and baby spinach  

Tuscan Atlantic Salmon with green olives, artichokes, red capsicum in a tomato basil cream sauce and lemon dill potato mash  

Chargrilled Scotch Fillet with golden potatoes, mushroom tart and seasonal vegetables with horseradish and garlic butter  

See the full range of mains.

For something sweet to finish 

Try the traditional tiramisu or affogato made with choc chip gelato, hot espresso, house-made biscotti and Frangelico. 

There’s also a delicious:  

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake with grilled peach and blueberry salsa, and raspberry gelato  

Crème Brulee with berry salsa and crispy meringue  

Or Cheese Plate, featuring Hunter Valley cheeses with fruit, nuts, house-made lavosh and fruit paste  

See the full range of desserts.


What you need to know 

Il Cacciatore is open for dinner seven nights from 6pm; Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm and takeaway is available for pickup from 5pm Monday to Friday and 12pm on the weekend. 

A children’s menu is available for 6pm and 6.30pm, reservations only.  

Il Cacciatore is fully licensed, with full bar service, and a wine list showcasing some of the Hunter’s best wines. Reservations are required during the COVID-19 period.  

Restaurant Reservations: +61 2 4998 7639 

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