We are very excited to officially be opened for business in Orland Park! On September 8th, we will open our doors and start serving Orland Park and surrounding communities.
We will bring the best of what we’re known for. Here are some of the things you can look forward to in our brand new store!
We have fresh, top quality meats and seafood. Fresh produce which we still buy daily, just like Angelo would do when he started over 60 years ago. Cut fruit and salsas made fresh in house. An international deli which features imported and domestic meats, cheeses, and olives of the highest quality, Our La Bella Romana Bakery which features items made from scratch daily, many of which are Romana’s very own recipes– amaretti cookies, cannoli, eclairs, butter cookies, and more!
We have a large variety of items imported from all over the world! Olive oil, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, taralli, olives, and more!
We have an extensive line of prepared foods! You’ll find a large line of homemade meals, sides, entrees, soups, pasta sauces, and more. All of these items are made from scratch daily. All natural and no preservatives. It’s just like you would cook at home, but without all the mess.
Our hot foods department has a hot bar, a pizza station, a fresh made sushi station, and more so you can have a good, homemade meal right in the store.
Bar Angelo where you can get a coffee, espresso, beer, wine, or mixed drink! Enjoy a beverage or a coffee at one of our tables or even bring it with you while you shop. Then stop by the gelato case and pick from our variety of authentic gelato flavors for a delicious treat.
This opening is bittersweet for us as it marks our first new store since we lost our heart, soul, and founder. We know Angelo and Romana are looking down on us as we expand. We will continue to honor and respect their names.
We hope to see you at our new store and we look forward to serving you!
Back to school means back to packing lunches. You can have your classic peanut butter and jelly, turkey and american cheese, or mortadella and provolone, but sometimes you might want to mix it up! Pack your kids something new and exciting, but still easy and quick!
Here are some ideas for an easy and different lunch time (and they’re not just for kids)
La Bella Romana Salad
Already prepared, any of our salads are easy to bring for lunch, filling, and delicious! We have a variety of different kinds for you to choose from– Greek, house, Caesar, chopped… Lots of options that require little to no work!
Chicken Noodle Soup
Easy to store in a thermos and enjoy for lunch! No time to make the soup? Our prepared foods section has a variety of pre-made soups that all you have to do is heat!
Make this sandwich in your cast iron skillet, which is one of our absolute favorite pans to cook with. They’re very inexpensive and cook your food to perfection. From the crispy bread and gooey cheese, to the fresh avocado, you’re sure to make this sandwich on repeat!
there are endless possibilities for filling variations when it comes to a stromboli. This stromboli is stuffed with melted mozzarella cheese, Italian spices, roasted red peppers, and garlic infused kale. Bake to golden brown perfection in 30 minutes and enjoy.
At Caputo’s, we love tradition and we are incredibly proud of our Italian heritage. A great way to combine both is with a game of Bocce!
We are partnering with Hardcore Italians for our 2nd Annual ACHI Bocce Tournament!
Come by our Carol Stream Store on August 21st, 2021. Our teams are all filled up, but there will still be plenty to do!
The main event– a 48 team bocce tournament! We will have teams playing from early morning to late afternoon. Even if you don’t have a team, come out to watch a few games. We will have more to occupy your time!
You can enter our Meatball Eating contest or Morra Competition.
For the meatball eating contest, every contestant will have a plate for 10 homemade La Bella Romana meatballs from the Caputo’s kitchen. The first person to finish the 10 or whoever eats the most in 3 minutes will win a $10 Caputo’s Gift Card and Caputo’s Apron! You can also enter the Morra competition! Play the famous hand game that dates back centuries! Enter the competition for your chance to win a trophy or a medal! These events are open for anyone to sign up and you can sign up here
Our food truck will be there with a full menu of homemade sandwiches and Italian classics.
Italian Cards so you can have a fun game of scopa or briscola, bags, and more! We hope to see you there on Saturday!
August 11th is National Panini Day! Growing up in an Italian household, a panini for lunch is a must. Some quality meat and cheese on authentic toasted bread drizzled with olive oil brings back so many memories that you can almost taste!
With a deli full of authentic, imported meat and cheese and a made from scratch bakery, a panini was always something to look forward to. There are so many options to choose from and so many items to pair together, each combination gives a unique and scrumptious taste.
It’s hard to pick what to put in a panini, so here are our top 3 items in each
Here is what I put in my favorite panini:
Arugula tossed in olive oil
Homemade Ricotta seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano
La Bella Romana Giardiniera
Put some olive oil on the bread, put the ingredients inside, press it on the panini machine and enjoy!
What’s your go-to panini? Enter our Panini/Sandwich Recipe Contest for your chance to win a $100 Caputo’s Gift Card!
Summertime means a lot of outdoor activities! One of the best things to do on a summer night is a bonfire. There is nothing like sitting around a fire with your friends or family– listening to music, sharing stories, and creating memories. Don’t forget the s’mores!
S’mores are a classic summer treat that we look forward to. The combo of toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers is a fantastic trio. August 10th is national S’mores Day which had us thinking about the delicious dessert. While a classic s’more is great, there are some things you can do to make your next s’more indescribable!
Here are 4 ideas to take your s’mores to the next level.
A peanut butter cup
Chocolate and peanut butter are a fantastic duo, so why not add that duo into a s’more! Substitute your chocolate bar with a peanut butter cup for a new, savory flavor!
A cookie sandwich
Who doesn’t love a fresh chocolate chip cookie? It makes a great ice cream sandwich, and it makes a great replacement for graham crackers.
S’more are a pretty heavy treat, so adding some fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas gives it a fresh flavor!
In a very sweet dessert, sometimes you want a little salt. Adding a pretzel is a great way to add a little salt and more of a crunch. You can even swap out the graham crackers for pretzels.
Using different candies, chocolate graham crackers, and so many other ways… celebrate National S’mores Day and have fun doing it!
On the go, packed for lunch, a quick bite to eat… sandwiches are a versatile meal option! August is National Sandwich Month and National Panini Month. Our deli is the perfect place to celebrate this.
Our international deli has a large variety of imported and domestic, premium meats, cheeses, and olives. There are a plethora of options for you to make your perfect sandwich. Prosciutto or Turkey, Swiss or Provolone, a mix of deli meats and cheeses– we want to know what your go-to is!
Think you’re the best sandwich maker? Put it to the test for your chance to win a Caputo’s gift card!
We want to know the ingredients you use to make your sandwiches. Submit your sandwich recipes. The brands, the slicing preference, the type of bread, hot or cold– we want to know it all.
Here’s how to enter:
Step by Step Directions
Shop at Caputo’s for all your sandwich making necessities
Make your sandwich and document it as detailed as you can
Write down all the ingredients you use. We want to know what you put in your sandwich that makes it better than everyone else’s.
Take a picture of it… lots of pictures!
Fill out this form with all the above info and submit any extras we should know. We will take your submission, review it, and test out the recipe! Our team will judge based on overall flavor and decide who has the best sandwich!
What you can win
A Caputo’s Gift Card
1st Place- $100
2nd Place- $50
3rd Place- $25
Your recipe is featured on our social media, websites, and is available for purchase as a special in our hot foods department on September 10, 17th, and 24th! The special and recipe will feature your name so everyone knows where it came from!
Your recipe will be featured on our website so other shoppers can test it out for themselves! It will also be featured in a banner on our homepage
We will then offer your sandwich as a special in our hot foods departments in our Addison, Carol Stream, and Naperville stores every Friday throughout the month
You have the whole month of August to submit. We will go over the recipes and make the sandwiches, then pick a winner from there. The winners will be contacted and then announced on September 6.
Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date and see our family share our go-to sandwiches!
The weather is beautiful, the nights are long, and there is a lot to celebrate. If you’re looking for something beautiful and delicious to bring to a get together or to put out for guests, we have just the thing!
This board features new cheeses, fresh summer produce, unique crackers, and more! This board has what every good charcuterie board needs– a mix of flavors, shapes, textures, and colors! It looks beautiful and tastes delicious.There is something for everyone.
Before we get started, here are a few key things to remember when making a charcuterie board
Placement– When placing your items on the board, do not have anything that rolls in the corners or on the edges. This prevents items from falling off your board
Balance- You want to balance the items on your board. Have a mix sweet and savory, different textures, and different shapes
Color- having little pops of color goes a long way! Choosing a few bright items like green olives or colorful fruits and veggies is an easyway to accomplish this!
Nothing will be perfect, just have fun with it!
Now it’s time, here are the items on our summer, farmer’s market charcuterie board!
Even if you aren’t looking to make a board, we have some fantastic and different new cheeses that you must try!
This is a creamy and mild English cheddar. During the making process, port wine and brandy is infused into this cheddar which is where the unique red marbling color comes from. The result is a beautiful looking cheese that is sweet and savory at the same time. You get the sweetness of the wine and the sharpness of the cheddar in every bite. For our board, we cut this cheese into wedges.
3 year Gouda
This Vintage Lot Gouda is aged 36 months and from the Netherlands. It has a nutty, caramel, butterscotch taste and a firm bite. The aging allows salt crystals to form which give it a crunchy, yet creamy bite! For the board, we cut the cheese into matchsticks.
Mustard Seed Gouda
This cheese is a sweet, but savory gouda with mustard seeds in it from Holland. It is a lighter, mild cheese that is extra creamy.
For the board, we cubed this cheese.
Wooly Woolly is a fresh sheep’s milk cheese that is spreadable and extremely versatile. This is great on crackers, in pasta sauce, with jelly, or even straight up with a spoon! It is fluffy and tastes rich, sweet, and mild. It is very different from any other sheep’s milk cheese because of how mild it tastes.
For the board, we cut it in half and added a spoon to the cheese.
Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese
Even if you don’t like goat cheese, this is a must try! Incredibly creamy with a sweet tang, this goat cheese log is delicious! With a taste almost like a blueberry lemonade, this adds a sweet flavor to the board. This cheese would be good in salads or even as a dessert!
A fan favorite, we also included our homemade bocconcini! Soft and fresh, our homemade bocconcini is unlike any other. This hand stretched and tied mozzarella is a must on any board!
Supreme Brie Bites
Bite size, individual pieces of brie. Each piece is incredibly rich, creamy, and buttery! This cheese comes pre packed, so we took it out of the packaging and added it into spots on our board to add some dimension.
We used some new, delicious crackers on this board!
Effies Homemade Oat Biscuits
New to Caputo’s is the Effie’s biscuits, In a few different varieties, they are versatile and full of flavor. We used the oat biscuits on our board. They are buttery, great with every cheese. These are truly addicting!
Isola Cranberry and Poppy SeedFlatbread
This cracker has a great texture and flavor. It’s not super sweet and a great addition to any board!
Rosemary Sea Salt Mediterranean Baked Crackers
We chose these as a new texture, flavor, and because they are great on a cheese board
This peppered salami is a great contrast to a board that has a lot of fruit and no spicy cheese. This adds a new flavor and a good look as you can fold it into fun shapes
A great and simple meat, we suggest folding it softly into fluffy shapes
Another classic! We suggest rolling it lightly and on a bias for a full flavor profile
For a change in flavors, textures, and fun colors, we chose a few savory items to put on the board.
These olives imported from Italy are sweet and buttery. They’re great for snacking and good with lots of cheese!
Roasted Red Bell Peppers
Available pre-marinated in our deli, these are a new, oily, savory flavor profile! They add color and good to stop items from rolling
Little items to pick on that provide different textures and flavors, they are great for snacking between bites!
La Bella Romana unsalted pistachios
Valencia almonds with fine herbs
Mitica caramelized walnuts
Summer is a great time for fresh produce. There are so many items currently in season that go great on a board. This board has an emphasis on fresh produce to give it a farmer’s market feel!
It’s stone fruit season, so those are a must!
sapphire grapes (not super sweet, but natural sweetness and adds a fun shape)
Persian cucumbers (Rich and buttery)
Orange bell pepper
Carrots (good for color and munching. We cleaned the carrot, cut tip, and halved i, but left some of the stem on it)
Italy has advanced to the finals and we could not be more excited! It has been an exciting run and we cannot wait to see Sunday’s game! Maybe you’re getting ready to watch with family or planning to come to Caputo’s and watch in the bar. No matter how you’re watching, we are sure food will be involved.
What better way to cheer on Team Italy than with some Italian classics. At Caputo’s, we are very proud of our Italian heritage. We have a variety of items imported straight from Italy and some classic Italian items.
Here are some staples that are great to cheer on Team Italy this Sunday!
Panzerotti is dough stuffed with sauce, cheese, and other pizza ingredients! A classic in Angelo’s hometown of Mola di Bari, you can often see people in the piazza late at night enjoying panzerotti!
Have you tried taralli? They are an Italian snack item that taste almost like a cracker and we have them available in a variety of flavors. They are great on their own or paired with cheese or salami!
Lupini are a common Mediterranean snack related to chickpeas and lentils. In addition to their delicious taste, they are full of nutrients too. Lupini are a great source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and more!
Focaccia is a bread baked in an oven and topped with oil, tomatoes, salt, and more! We make ours in-house daily and in multiple sizes and shapes. It is known for its light and airy texture. It is great to make sandwiches with or eat on its own!
Tradition is important to us and our sausage is a testament to that. Our homemade sausage is full of flavors and aromas that will make your home taste like Italy!
Our sausage is made in-house daily. The process starts with our old-world tradition of using hand-trimmed lean pork. We mix the pork with our private blend of spices and seasonings, developed specifically for our sausage.
Let us know what other Italian staples are your favorites!
The Fourth of July is the summer holiday known for fireworks, fun, and (most importantly) food! If you’re going to an American themed get-together, you might be tasked with hosting or preparing a dish. In a holiday known for grilling, sides and desserts are incredibly important! Let’s be honest, choosing what to make that will please a crowd is usually tough.
It’ll be hot enough outside, so don’t sweat over what to make. We have some ideas for you!
Here are 4 All American appetizer, side, and dessert recipes perfect for your Fourth of July festivities!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Anything wrapped in bacon is good! Bacon wrapped dates are easy to make and a great balance of naturally sweet, salty, and savory.
We have two different options for you to try– one stuffed with goat cheese and the other stuffed with almonds. Both are delicious and completely a preference choice! You can even try both.
This protein-rich white bean hummus is the perfect thing to have ready-made in the fridge. Pair with fresh cut seasonal veggies and crunchy pita chips for a delicious, munchy snack that’s kid-approved!
These golden-brown sweet potato wedges make a versatile side dish or snack with only minutes of hands-on work. Each bite bursts with smoky and sweet flavors, perfect to pair with chipotle ranch dressing, sriracha mayonnaise sauce, or plain ranch dressing for dipping.
Nothing is more american than some apple pie! Add the use of mason jars and it’s perfect. These little pies might just be the cutest (and tastiest) pies ever. The mason jar lids act a bit like a little spring-form pan. It is a delicious individual dessert idea!
How does one begin to describe a man who did such remarkable things?
Angelo Caputo led a life of hard work, generosity, and faith.
He was the picture of strength. He came to America as a teenager with nothing, but the desire to make something of himself and create a good life for himself and his future family. The true pioneer in the grocery industry, he founded Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets in 1958.
His life goal was to serve others. He loved to make connections with people and make sure they were happy— especially by feeding them. With the creation of Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, he was able to serve a large crowd. His work, paired with his wife’s ability to create a feast in a flash, meant that anyone who crossed their path was never hungry… in any way.
He was a true legend. He created opportunities for so many and was highly regarded as an inspiration and a teacher.
When my mom was designing our Caputo’s uniforms, she very intentionally put the Caputo’s logo on the left chest and the La Bella Romana logo on the right arm. It is with great pride that we wear his name on our uniforms over our hearts. He is the heart and soul of our family and our company, so it’s only fitting that his name is written over our hearts literally, while his memory and countless lessons remain written in our hearts forever. The name of his wife is worn on our right arm because Romana was his right hand and his strength and guiding force.
He was a very proud man, and he got the most pride from watching and being a part of the successes of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He wanted to be at every moment of our lives, big or small— every hockey game, dinner, birthday, milestone, trip to the park, or pick-up game in the backyard. He loved nothing more than sharing a meal or an espressino with his loved ones. No matter what the occasion, he wanted to be there supporting his family that he loved so much.
He would take every opportunity to teach us a lesson or tell us a story— teaching us how to eat a prickly pear, telling us to always make sure the bellies on the watermelon were face down, telling us stories from his childhood, or car rides full of singing and sharing memories… he was always there for us.
He drew his strength from his family and they were his everything. He loved to be surrounded by them, especially when they were wearing their red Caputo’s shirts.
His favorite song was “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and nothing is more fitting to him. The song goes “I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway. But more, much more than this, I did it my way”
He lived a full, beautiful life and made an impression on so many. He never shied away from any challenge, but faced every obstacle head on with class and perseverance. He created something so special.
He leaves us with an incredible legacy that our family will work endlessly to preserve in an effort to make him proud and give him the respect that he so greatly deserves.
We take solace in knowing that he is reunited with and at peace with his beautiful wife, the greatest love of his life. We know we will see him again one day and we will make sure his legacy on earth will continue forever. We know that Nonna welcomed him home with an incredible feast and they are dancing together again.
Rest In Peace, Nonno. We love you.
In an effort to continue his legacy and keep his spirit alive, we want to hear your memories. Please email us with any stories or memories you have of Angelo or Caputo’s. Send them to email@example.com