In Eagle, Rembrandts Coffee House Owners Branch Out with New Italian Restaurant 

click to enlarge Cooks plate bruschetta and arancini at Caci's grand opening celebration. - LEX NELSON
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  • Cooks plate bruschetta and arancini at Caci's grand opening celebration.
At the official grand opening for Caci (pronounced kaw-chee), their new wood-fired Sicilian grill in Eagle, co-owners Dale Williams and CJ Cacioppo stood on the bar to address a packed house, holding their wine glasses aloft.

"Thanks for coming together," said Williams, toasting the crowd. "That's our theme at Rembrandts [their first restaurant], and it's our theme here."

click to enlarge Dale Williams (left) and CJ Cacioppo (right) toasting the crowd at Caci. - LEX NELSON
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  • Dale Williams (left) and CJ Cacioppo (right) toasting the crowd at Caci.
The pronouncement was met with whistles and applause before the assembled patrons stormed Caci's other bar for free tastes of arancini (deep-fried risotto balls); raspberry gel and tomato-topped bruschetta; and grilled octopus and sunchoke served on silver tasting spoons.

Compared with neighboring Boise and Meridian, Eagle is still a small town, so it's a good bet many of the locals sipping wine at Caci's grand opening on Feb. 27 were already familiar with Rembrants Coffee House, Williams and Cacioppo's other collaboration. The pair took over the downtown Eagle coffee shop in 2016 and gave it a complete overhaul, adding a more comprehensive menu and remodeling the interior to give it a sleek, modern feel. It was their first collaboration of what Cacioppo said may be many. Starting with the addition of Caci, he said they plan to create a "restaurant concept group," which could include new outposts of their current eateries or entirely new restaurants.

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"[If] downtown [Boise] could use a Rembrandts, then we'd do that. It just depends on the need, or what we perceive as the need, in the area and what will serve the community best," said Cacioppo, adding that he and Williams are backed by a team of investors.

Cacioppo brings food industry experience to the partnership, while Williams is a retired tax accountant. The two have known each other for roughly 30 years, and Williams called Cacioppo a "second son" who he'd long hoped to do business with.

Caci, which had a soft opening in December 2018 before its grand opening in February, is Cacioppo's baby, a play off of both his last name and his family tree.

"I have Sicilian heritage, my dad is full-blooded Sicilian, and so it's kind of a fun, new twist on maybe Italian food, taking a little bit more of the Sicilian flavors and pairing them up with a kind of salt-of-the-earth, wood-fired take," said Cacioppo.

The menu at Caci is heavy on Sicilian favorites like pizza, pasta and meaty entrees, including wood-roasted game hen and two kinds of short ribs. It also boasts an expansive wine list. To get a taste for yourself, stop by the restaurant, which is located in Eagle at 1592 E. Riverside Drive, Suite 100. 
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