Shane Anderson grew up in the kitchen alongside his Sicilian nonna, Sarah Amato, learning the culinary secrets passed down in his family.
"Every generation, one person in our family gets the family secrets. ... So, when [Nonna] passed away in July of this year, all of the family secrets were handed to me," said Anderson. "So I'm the only one alive that can cook like my nonna."
Anderson's grandmother's passing coincided with the opening of his food truck, Cacicia's Cucinas Old World Sicilian Foods. Pronounced "cah-she-sha," the truck serves hearty Sicilian-influenced fare like local tomato bruschetta with garlic-balsamic vinaigrette and a pork modega meatball-stuffed sandwich.
"Sicilian is different from Italian," explained Anderson. "Sicilians use a lot more meat in their product, our sauces are thicker, and instead of a dash of this or a dash of that, Sicilians use a lot of this and a lot of that."
Anderson and his wife, Michelle, buy as much as possible from local sources.
"We're [a] 100 percent local and sustainable truck so all our veggies are farm fresh," Anderson said, adding that all of Cacicia's breads come from Gaston's downtown and its noodles come from Ferranti Fresh Pasta. The truck also has taps pouring Buck Snort Root Beer, which can be changed out for real beer during catering events.
"We literally put a $60,000 executive-chef kitchen in this thing," said Anderson. "Food safety-wise, it's stainless steel from ceiling to floor."
In addition to the food truck, Cacicia's Cucinas also unveiled a storefront at 8716 W. Fairview Ave. in the Dhondalicious Co-Op, open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more info on where you can find the truck, visit facebook.com/cacicias or cacicias.com.
In other food co-op news, Muse Creamery and Periple Wines have opened Muse & Periple Marketplace at 1435 N. Eagle Road in Meridian. Adjacent to the Muse Bistro and Wine Bar, the market offers fresh goat's milk cheese and Idaho-made wines. Hours are Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 12-10 p.m. For more info, call 208-377-7976 or visit idahocheeseandwine.com.