Easter Calzone

Easter is only a few days away, so that means the prep has begun. Easter, as with many holidays, has many special traditions and so many revolve around food. You may make certain breads or desserts, maybe a certain meal. One food item that we look forward to each year is Calzone! 

Calzone is sometimes referred to as Easter Pie, though it’s not sweet. It is a crust stuffed with different, savory ingredients. There are many different versions and different names for this–  each unique to different regions, towns, and even families. 

In our kitchen commissary, we make two different versions of this Easter Calzone from scratch– a traditional version and a sausage version.

Calzone prep! Keep reading for the finished product!

Traditional Calzone

The Traditional Calzone is made with eggs, black olives, onions, and mozzarella cheese. All the ingredients are put into our homemade crust.

This meatless option is great for Good Friday. On Fridays during lent, those partaking are supposed to fast from meat. On Good Friday which is the Friday before Easter, you are supposed to fast. 

Fasting in Christianity calls for people to eat one full meal and two smaller meals, but the two smaller meals cannot equal a full meal when put together.

On Good Friday, Romana and Angelo would have the calzone as their one meal. Romana would make hers a bit different– her filling would consist of onions, tomatoes, olives, and anchovies… we all know that every Barese recipe has anchovies in it somewhere!  We refer to this as Scalcione, another name for the calzone! This calzone was their only meal of the day to respect fasting.

Sausage Calzone

The other version of calzone we offer is a sausage one. This one is our homemade sausage, eggs, black olives, onions, and mozzarella cheese. This calzone is typically enjoyed on Easter day. The addition of meat makes it a heartier calzone. Heartier foods were typically used at feasts. Since Easter is a celebration and everyone is rejoicing, the more ingredients, the better for the calzone with meat!

We have both versions of calzone available through Easter. These are only available once a year, so get yours now!

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Caputo’s Madness 2021

Bracket season has begun and we have a little bracket challenge of our own! Caputo’s Madness is back! Your favorite Caputo’s items are going head-to-head to see which of our signature items is the winner. 

The rules are simple and the prizes great!

The Basics 

You enter by filling out and submitting your bracket either in store or online by March 21, 2021.

Voting begins on March 22 and you’re in control! Voting is done through social media, so make sure you’re following us to cast your votes!

The brackets will be tallied up and the winner(s) with the most points will receive a $25 Caputo’s gift card and a Caputo’s apron. We can have up to 15 winners total

Each contestant who chose the winning item, but did not win the bracket will win a $5 Caputo’s Gift Card

Get all the info you need and how to enter here

Good luck!

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Grilled Cheese Recipe Contest

I think we can all agree that sometimes we need a meal that tastes like a hug feels. Most of the time, a grilled cheese sandwich can do the trick! It’s the ultimate comfort food for many reasons! Maybe it reminds you of being a kid, maybe it’s the melted cheese (because who doesn’t love melted cheese), maybe it’s the special way you make it. No matter the reason, grilled cheese is classic.

When you think about grilled cheese, you probably automatically picture two pieces of American bread and a slice of American cheese, but there is so much more that you can do to make your grilled cheese burst with flavor! 

You can use a specific bread, a mix of cheeses, specialty cheese, or maybe you add extras to your sandwich that take it to the next level! You can add things like mac and cheese, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, flavored olive oil, and more to make your grilled cheese elite!

Do you make a special grilled cheese? We want to know! Plus you can win money for it! 

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and in honor of it, we want to know how you make your specialty grilled cheese! Share your grilled cheese recipes with us for a chance to win! The rules are simple and the prizes great! 

Click here for all the rules and how to enter!

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International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is the day to honor and celebrate the achievements of women. It is such a special and significant day, that many countries in Europe treat March 8th as Mother’s Day. 

International Women’s Day is all about honoring the strong women in your life. In thinking about the meaning of this day, I cannot help but to think of two incredible women who deserve so much praise– Romana Caputo and Antonella Caputo Presta. They are the heart and soul behind our company. Their unending support, dedication, and hard work are the foundation of who we are.

My grandmother and our matriarch, Romana Caputo, was one of the best women there was. She was a beautiful soul with the kindest, most generous heart. It was her mission to make sure others were happy– especially her grandchildren. She would do anything for us, all we had to do was ask. Anyone who had any type of encounter with my grandmother can attest to two things- 1. She was incredibly kind and classy 2. She was the best cook. 

Her self-taught skills in the kitchen were remarkable. Anyone lucky enough to have had a meal prepared by Romana Caputo knows that she went all out, no matter the occasion, and that it may have been the best thing you have ever eaten. Her ability to prepare a meal and make anyone feel like they are a part of the family. She is the inspiration behind our private label, La Bella Romana. It was inspired by her beauty and a way to acknowledge all she did for our family and company. Although gone too soon, she has left a beautiful legacy and we continue to honor her in every way that we can.

Another pillar of our company is my mother, Antonella Caputo Presta. She often talks about the beautiful spirit of my grandmother, but does not realize that she has those same, incredible qualities that she thinks so fondly of my grandmother for. She is the most selfless, most humble, and the hardest working person I know. She began working for my grandfather at a very young age. She could tell you many stories like driving to Michigan at 3 in the morning with my grandfather to get produce or memories about what those freezing winter days working at our original location on Harlem and Wrightwood were like. She will never look for credit, but there is so much we owe to her. She takes the time to point out all the good others have done and praise others for their accomplishments, but will never draw attention to herself. She has made countless sacrifices and lives her life to make sure everyone around her is happy. She has done so much for us, as a business and as a family, and we would not be where we are today if it weren’t for her. She is always there for advice, a lesson, a prayer, a hug, a meal, and anything else you may need. She always was and still is an integral part of our business and we are lucky to have her as a guiding force.

I am blessed to have such strong, beautiful women in my life and am so grateful to be able to call Romana Caputo and Antonella Caputo Presta my role models.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the beautiful women ❤️

Don’t forget to honor the special ladies in your life on this day with a mimosa cake

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