Caprese Pasta Salad

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. The holiday to commemorate America is usually celebrated with friends and family at outdoor parties People celebrate in a variety of ways, but the celebrations usually involve food. If you’re in charge of a side dish and don’t know what to bring, we’ve got you covered. This caprese pasta salad recipe is your easy and simple crowd pleasing dish.

The pasta salad doesn’t require much. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your preference
    • Farfalle or bowtie pasta is our go to, but other cuts also work well!
  • Caputo’s Homemade Bocconcini
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes 
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Basil 

Steps

  1. Boil the pasta
  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and sauté it with garlic, olive oil, and basil in a pan
  3. Cut the bocconcini in half
  4. Right after the pasta is done cooking, transfer it to a bowl or serving dish
  5. Add olive oil and salt to the pasta
  6. Mix all your ingredients in the bowl
  7. Garnish with basil 
  8. Enjoy!

The great thing about this recipe is that it is very customizable. You can add as many or as little ingredients as you want. You can choose your pasta cut or even mix!

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Best Summer Fruits

Though we have been pretending it is summer the last few weeks, June 21st marks the official start of summer. Summer brings a lot of fun memories and thoughts for many people. For us, summer means the peak growing season of some of our favorite fruits! Here is a list of some fruits that just taste better on a hot summer day!

1. Watermelon

Watermelon typically require a longer growing season and warm weather to grow. Watermelon is around 90% water which makes it a refreshing and hydrating treat on those warm summer days. Despite popular belief, a watermelon will not grow in your stomach if you eat the seeds.

 

2. Peaches, Apricots, and Nectarines

Soft fruits such as these ones are best in the summer. These are usually at their peak around July. The warmth and sunshine results in juicier fruits. Soft fruits are typically a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. One of our favorite peaches is the percoca peach. Percocas are native to Italy and grown exclusively for us by a California farmer. These red flesh peaches should become available in just a few weeks. Try cutting these up and putting them in your wine for a nice fruity flavor!

3. Cherries

Bing and Rainier cherries are sweet cherries that typically become available around May and reach their peak in late June, early July. we get our cherries from California and Washington. California growing season starts early and then the Washington crop starts coming in. Typically, the plumper, darker cherries are the sweetest and most flavorful!

This list is only the beginning of the fruits and vegetables that are great! Though most of these fruits are available year round, the hot climate allows them to thrive and grow to their sweetest and juiciest forms. Which fruits make your favorites list?

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Happy Father’s Day!

There is always the one Sunday in June that is dedicated to appreciating all the father figures in a person’s life. It is a day to acknowledge all the valuable lessons, laughs, and guidance they have given over the years. With Father’s Day this Sunday, I can’t help but think of two very important men in our company. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize my father, Robertino Presta, and grandfather, Angelo Caputo.

My father started working at Caputo’s at a very young age. My grandfather appreciated him because of his strength, especially his ability to throw and catch watermelon when unloading a truck. Throughout his 30 plus years, he has learned and taught us. He has helped us and the business grow. He has taught us the importance of hard work and dedication. He has taught us a variety of different things from how to properly display produce to how to clean tables. My father embraces all challenges, coming up with unique and efficient ways to get past them. One of the things I feel most fortunate for is that my father believes in us, sometimes more than we believe in ourselves. He helps to give us the tools we need to succeed and guides us towards the path of success. I have learned so much from not only my father, but my grandfather too.

My grandfather has always been one of my biggest inspirations. He overcame so much and always persevered. When he was just 18 years old, he left his home in Italy and enlisted in the US Army so that he could create a better life for himself. He never shies away from hard work and faces adversity head on. He has always taken the time to teach us and work with us. He has passed along important tools and wisdom– things that we can carry with us

I am very lucky to have two men who believe in me. My father and grandfather are incredible men who have made many sacrifices to get to where they are today. I have the utmost respect for these two men and strive to make them proud.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures.

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A PIZZA My Heart

There are some days when you just do not want to make dinner. Other days you want to save some money and just eat at home. We have a compromise for you! Our new all you can eat Pizza Party is the way to go!

Our all you can eat pizza party is only $6 a person and will be happening daily from 5pm-8pm. This will take place at three of our locations– Addison, Carol Stream, and Naperville. This party will be taking place in our bar areas. The bars will feature a pizza buffet with many options to choose from!

Every party needs some drinks and we have created special drink deals for the pizza party! For the beer lovers, we are featuring a a $3 Miller Lite draft.

For the winos we are offering a $4 glass of Pizza Vino. Pizza vino is a red blend produced in California. It is a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon to give a fruity yet spiced taste.  

If you’re looking for a cocktail, we have my personal favorite– an Aperol Spritz! An Aperol Spritz is an aperitivo enjoyed by many Italians. It is a mix of Aperol (an Italian bitter), prosecco, and soda garnished with an orange slice. It is a refreshing cocktail that is a great compliment to any meal! Our special has this satisfying cocktail for only $6!

If you want a sparkling wine, get a prosecco bucket! Four 187 ML. bottles of Mionetto Prosecco for only $18! If you don’t think you can get through all four bottles, an individual bottle is $5.

Our all you can eat Pizza Parties are happening for a limited time only. The locations where you can join our parties are:

Addison

510 W. Lake St

Addison, IL 60101

 

Carol Stream

550 E North Ave

Carol Stream, IL 60188

 

Naperville

3115 111th St

Naperville, IL 60564

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