Mother’s Day is this Sunday. It is the day to honor your mom and all those who you have maternal bonds with.
I am incredibly grateful to have many strong, beautiful women to celebrate, two of which hold a very special place in my heart, Romana Caputo and Antonella Caputo Presta.
My grandmother and our matriarch, Romana Caputo, was one of the best women there was. Although gone too soon, her memory remains. I love to hear the stories people have of encounters with my grandmother. Friends and family remember her as one of the kindest and most generous souls you have ever met. She had the unique ability to make anyone feel like a welcomed part of the family, mostly through her cooking. Anyone who has had a meal by my Nonna Romana knows that nothing can compare. Her self-taught skills in the kitchen remain a huge part of the legacy she left behind. Her beauty inspired the creation of our private label, La Bella Romana. She was and still is a driving force behind our family and our business.
Another integral part of the foundation of our family and business is my mother, Antonella Caputo Presta. Her selflessness, humbleness, and hard work are inspiring. She started working at a very young age and she often shares memories, like driving to Michigan at 3 in the morning with my grandfather to get produce or what those freezing winter days working at our original location on Harlem and Wrightwood were like. She takes every opportunity to thank my grandparents for their sacrifices and dedication, but will never look for credit or draw attention to all she did for us as a business and a family. We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for her. My mom will go above and beyond to make sure everyone feels special and appreciated. She has taken the time to teach us vital skills and life lessons. One of the most important lessons she has taught is the value of family. I am lucky enough to say that my siblings are also my best friends and we owe that to our mother.
I am so blessed to have my grandmother and mother as role models in my life. They are everything I hope to be one day.
Happy Mother’s Day, Nonna and Mommy, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers and motherly figures ❤️
From Our Family To Yours