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.
Excellent authentic Italian food and friendly service in a lovely setting. Not a quiet restaurant for an intimate dinner, but we will definitely be back.
Love this place!! Highly recommended and love to share all of the amazing dishes! Try the mozzarella special and the porchetta, they are both divine
Really enjoyed the food and the service. Thank you also for accommodating my request for a quiet table with extra leg room for my mother who is recovering from a knee operation. Looking forward to returning.
Good, professional and welcoming staff supported by beautiful food and a comprehensive menu. The venue and aromas made us feel like we had revisited Italy.
We waited at the front of the restaurant for quite some time prior to being seen and seated, despite being a very early reservation and not many people in the restaurant. Bonus points that they gave our children paper and pencils, so the staff are obviously well versed with having children. The children's meals came quickly with our entree. The kids meals were huge! And very tasty. It took a few goes with staff to get our drinks ordered, and we were surprised with how long the mains too to come out. By this time the kids were getting fractious. My main - pork belly was yummy but the pork was dry :( My husband's gnocchi was fantastic. The desserts came out very quick. My husband loved the tiramisu, although did note they were heavy handed with the coffee. The food was pretty good; the drinks nice (although it would be good if they had Chianti available); the prices a bit pricey; but the real downfall was the staff and customer service. They were slow, unresponsive at times, and not very friendly. To be honest, there are plenty of other places to eat in Hahndorf that are much better.
This place is our new favourite discovery. The food is terrific, there’s a great vibe, and the staff are impressive too. It took us ages to get around to trying Gepetto’s, other locals kept telling us how great it is. So gla we’ve gone and found out for ourselves. Don’t miss.
We were warmly greeted and then attended to promptly with a smile. The food was amazing and the price was reasonable. We were a large table with both adults and children and we all left the restaurant satisfied and extremely happy. We will definitely return to Gepetto's in the future.
Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner the very warm environment and beautiful menu with lots of choices for a variety of tastes Food was served hot and very fresh Will definitely come back A really nice outside eating area too out the front
A fab night out. Great atmosphere and great food. The stuffed chicken thigh special is delicious and the pizzas perfect, both juicy and crisp. We have been before and have been disappointed but tonight was amazing. We will be back
Maybe the best Italian food in Australia...the girls serving the customers are an asset that adds to an enjoyable night. This beautiful place is relaxing and nothing is impossible .We love this place and will make it our regular restaurant.Thanks