In all honesty, Gepetto’s is the destination for Italian cuisine in the small Adelaide Hills settlement of Hahndorf, famous already for its German-inflected European eateries. Helmed by a duo of Domenics, chef Domenic Martino and owner Domenic Romeo, who both bring a wealth of hospitality experience to bear on the running of this cosy Italian cantina, Gepetto’s at Hahndorf is committed to using a considered mix of local South Australian and international products to create rustic dishes that bear all the hallmarks of great regional Italian cuisine. You can find Gepetto’s on the northern edge of the town along Mount Barker Road.
Truth be told, Gepetto’s at Hahndorf’s head chef Domenic Martino has worked in some of Adelaide’s most prestigious restaurants over the years, and it’s his nose for restrained and rustic Italian dishes that brought him into contact with his mate Domenic Romeo, whose restaurateur career has seen him train as a pizzaiola in southern Italy. Together they are bringing superb Italian cuisine to life for the Adelaide Hills community, offering a discerning menu of Italian classics spread out over weekend breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a great selection of local South Australian and international wines.
Residents in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf know and love Gepetto’s breakfast menu, available on Saturdays and Sundays. Go for Domo’s eggs, oven-baked in a Napoletana sauce and served with parmesan and grilled ciabatta, or the whole hog with The Jumbo, an Italianate take on the classic Aussie big breakfast. Of course, the coffee at this Italian restaurant up on Mount Barker Road is superlative – get it iced when the sun’s out. Lunch and dinner is served Thursday through to Saturday, with Sunday lunch giving way to a special Sunday dinner menu that varies up the offering somewhat. The regular a la carte menu is brimming with classic Italian cuisine, from starters through to pasta dishes like the house-made ravioli, seafood risotto with prawns blue swimmer crab, secondi piatti like pollo parmigiana and famously authentic Neapolitan pizza.
Awesome food- great service. Will be back for sure. Make sure you book on weekends- was very packed. Had pizzas but many were eating pastas.
Fantastic food, delicious and authentic! Great service too... we thoroughly enjoyed the risotto and ragu! Can imagine it might get very busy in there at times, so if you struggle to hear I think outside dining would be best if the weather allows it!
Fabulous restaurant with amazing food, staff service exceptional. Best Mussels Ever!! A little loud for conversation in a large group when crowded, but had a fabulous family gathering with everyone totally happy with their meals. Service was prompt also. - will definitely visit again!!