Back to School Lunch

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!


Avocado Grilled Cheese

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.


Chicken Pot Pie

Already prepared and full of fresh ingredients for a delicious and easy meal!


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ACHI 2nd Annual Bocce Tournament

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!

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National Panini Day

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:

  • Ciabatta Bread
  • Prosciutto Cotto 
  • Salami
  • 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!

All the info on the contest here

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Some More S’more Ideas

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. Late nights around the bonfire during summer has 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 5 ideas to take your s’mores to the next level.

1. A peanut butter cup or peanut butter

Is peanut butter a guilty pleasure of yours? Chocolate and peanut butter are a fantastic duo, so why not bring it into a s’more?! Substitute your chocolate bar with a peanut butter cup for a new, savory flavor! This delicious pairing gives you sweet and salty in every bite!

Already have your ingredients, but want this peanut butter duo? Shmear your graham cracker with peanut butter and then add the rest of the s’more ingredients! You get to control how much peanut butter goes on it and you get the great flavor!

2. Cookies

Who doesn’t love a fresh cookie? It makes a great ice cream sandwich and it makes a great base for smores! Try to swap out your graham crackers for a cookie. Whether homemade or store bought, small or big, sugar or chocolate chip… the options are endless! It’s a fun way to change up the taste of a classic s’more!

Some cookie flavors to try– chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, double chocolate… have fun with it!

3. Fruit

Want to add a little freshness to your s’more? How about some fruit. Chocolate and fruit go well together… think chocolate covered strawberries or bananas. Being that S’mores are a pretty rich treat, adding some fresh fruit  like strawberries or bananas gives it a brand new flavor! Plus how good are juicy berries in the summer!

4. Pretzels 

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. 

5. Nutella

Nutella is delicious on so many things and s’mores are no exception! Swap out the chocolate bar for some creamy Nutella and you will not be disappointed! A softer bite, a subtle hazelnut flavor, and pure deliciousness!

Using different candies, chocolate graham crackers, and so many other ways… enjoy the best days of summer with some of these innovative ideas!

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