A new restaurant in Greeley aims to bring authentic, home-cooked Italian cuisine to the community.
Capri Restaurant, located at 1825 9th St. in Greeley, is set to open Wednesday with a large menu featuring freshly prepared dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.
The building where Capri is located was once a popular Italian restaurant in the 1960s and 70s, said building owner Ali Emrami. When the restaurant’s owner died, the building was divided into different areas to house various businesses, including a hair salon and Moonlight Bridal.
“For years afterwards, the restaurant was a veterinary hospital,” Emrami said of the location of the new Capri. “I thought it would make a good restaurant for downtown.”
Emrami is the owner of Cattleman’s Steakhouse and Saloon and Restaurant Alberto.
Baton Konjufca, 28, is the owner of Capri and comes to Greeley from Cheyenne where he ran Napoli’s, a successful Italian restaurant at 1901 Central Ave. Konjufca began her culinary career working in restaurants in New York City before heading west to Wyoming.
“Greeley is a growing town, so I thought it would be a good opportunity,” Konjufca said. “I really love Colorado and thought why not try opening a restaurant here.”
With Italian chef Antonio working in the kitchen, everything will be done from scratch, Konjufca explained. The staff is dedicated to providing excellent service and food to members of the community.
The menu features appetizers like napoleon shrimp and fried ravioli, as well as salads, pizzas and baked pastas like baked ziti and a pasta sampler with lasagna, manicotti and ravioli.
House specialties include sausage pizzaiola, Italian sausages sautéed with mushrooms, onions and green peppers in a marinara sauce served over spaghetti as well as Viva Italia with sausages, chicken and mushrooms in a sauce Alfredo.
“Tour d’Italia with lasagna, chicken parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo is one of my favorite dishes on the menu,” Konjufca said. “I also like eggplant parmesan. Everything is delicious.
“We will also offer specialties like Osso Buco, which is veal.”
The restaurant also offers options for the whole family, with a children’s menu featuring cheese ravioli, spaghetti and manicotti.
Along with a variety of starters and main courses, Capri will serve wine, beer and a selection of cocktails, including classic Italian Bellinis and Negronis.
“We have tried to put Italian wines on the menu so that customers can have a more Italian dining experience,”
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
Due to COVID-19 limiting seating capacity, reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (970) 353-1850.
Take-out orders are also available.
For more information on Capri Restaurant, visit www.caprigreeley.com.