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!