Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen
Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen was born out of a craving for authentic Italian food in Fort Collins. This cozy and rustic restaurant, which recently won “Toast of the Taste”, is patterned after one of the last family style restaurants in Little Italy, NY. Customers’ comments have stated that Italy has finally arrived in Fort Collins.
Executive Chef Heller, born in Denver but raised in Florida, began his career at just 15 years old. From sous chef in Fl., to Executive Chef at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, to working alongside famed Chef Marco Valiani at Ya Yas Euro Café in Denver, Troy Heller has become a very accomplished chef over the past 26 years.
“Come in as our guest, leave as family” is the slogan the restaurant lives by. The knowledgeable staff treats customers as if they were guests in their home. Blankets are offered on the patio for chilly nights and dogs are provided fresh water bowls.
Cacciatore, an authentic Italian restaurant specializes in handcrafted pizzas and homemade pastas. They feature a 14” pizza with a NY style thin crust. The pizza dough takes 3 days to make. Very popular for lunch is Mick’s Grinder made with homemade local Italian sausage grilled with roasted hot Anaheim peppers, aoli, mozzarella, and provolone on a soft roll. For dinner the locals’ favorite is the tasty Potato Gnocchi served with roasted chicken, spinach, gorgonzola cream and walnuts. You can order any pastas with Zoodles (zucchini noodles) or gluten free fettucine. Vegan options are also available.
All the delicious desserts are house made by Chef Heller with the most favored being the trio of crème brulee. The flourless chocolate cake and orange vanilla Italian crème cake are two gluten free desserts that are equally scrumptious.
Adding to the refreshingly relaxed atmosphere is a full bar offering seasonal specialty cocktails, local spirits, beer and wine. Try the homemade Limoncello, its secret recipe goes back for multiple generations.
Cacciatore can accommodate large parties but the restaurant is very small. On Monday’s during the day, the entire restaurant can be reserved for private events or business luncheons at no additional charge.
Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen is open Mon 4-9pm, Tues-Thurs and Sundays 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10pm. Take-out and delivery is available thru Grub Hub.
Located at 1939 Jessup Dr, Fort Collins.