International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is the day to honor and celebrate the achievements of women. 

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. Both women have led a life of sacrifice and are foundational pillars of our company.

Our matriarch and my grandmother, Romana Caputo, was one of the best women there was. Any person who has crossed her path is sure to tell you a memory centered around her cooking skills, generosity, or classiness. A self taught cook, she spent hours in the kitchen–  preparing feasts, cookies for weddings or parties, or a simple dinner which was probably the best meal you’ve had. No one who encountered my nonna was left hungry. She loved her family and did everything she could for them, no questions asked. It was her mission to make sure all of her loved ones were happy. She did everything she could to lift others up. She was always there for her husband, Angelo Caputo, as his biggest support and his rock through the grueling hours of his hard work. She had the biggest heart and the kindest soul. The picture of class, she made everyone in her presence feel like a part of her family.  It is inspired by her beauty and exceptional cooking skills that we get the name of our private label, La Bella Romana. Translated to the Beautiful Romana,  Angelo created our private label as 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. Her spirit and her mission lives on through her daughter, Antonella.

My mother, Antonella Caputo Presta, is the rock of our family and an incredibly important part of our company. She has made it her mission to make sure the legacy and work of her parents do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. She proudly tells anyone with tears in her eyes about all her parents did in their lives. What she doesn’t realize is that the same traits that she so proudly uses to describe my grandparents are the very same traits that she embodies. Strong, smart, hard working and protective like Angelo and generous, dedicated, humble, and classy like Romana… Just to name a few. She has spent her whole life (and continues to) honoring her parents and I know they were so proud of her. She will never look for credit or draw attention to anything she does, but we would not be where we were today without her. She started working at a very young age . She would take early morning trips to Michigan with Angelo to pick up fresh produce at the age of about 9 years old. She can tell you about the freezing days at the original store on Harlem and Wrightwood, the distinct smell of the store that brings tears to her eyes at just the thought of it, or her exceptional skills in the front end (she could beat anybody in a bagging groceries competition.) She will sacrifice her happiness and wants to make sure that her kids or grandkids are happy. As you get older, you look back and start to realize all the sacrifices your mom made for you and as we reflect, the list of sacrifices our mom made for us, for her parents, and for her loved ones is endless.She has taught us the importance of family, which I am so grateful for as my siblings are my best friends. She is always there for advice, a story, a prayer, a hug, a meal, and anything else you may need. 

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.

Don’t forget to honor the women in your life on March 8th by picking up mimosa cakes and cupcakes. If you order ahead, you will receive a free Caputo’s cake server! Also on March 8th, female shoppers will receive a yellow rose while supplies last.

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

From Our Family To Yours

8 Replies to “International Women’s Day”

  1. What a beautiful tribute to these wonderful ladies. Your blessed to have had them in your life as they are to have you in theirs. I love Caputo’s and your employees must be hand pick because they are just as caring and helpful and the owners.

  2. What a beautiful tribute to these wonderful ladies. Your blessed to have had them in your life as they are to have you in theirs. I love Caputo’s and your employees must be hand pick because they are just as caring and helpful and the owners.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Tears. Thank you for sharing about these amazing women. Where would we be without the string women we knew and loved…..

  4. So glad I read this email. Such a nice tribute to your Mom and Nonna. I’ve been a Caputo’s shopper my whole life and the love of your family comes thru in every store. There is no other. And I will tell you, in over the course of 50 years, there were many times I shopped and thought of your family as well as ours. When times were lean, I was able to feed my family wonderful meals because of what I could afford at Caputo’s. Your special holiday things always make our holidays special and memories for all of us. Catering also, presentation as well as tasty. Thanks for letting us know about your Mom and Nonna. I’ll think about them, too, now. You’re a good daughter!

  5. Your store on Harlem and Wrightwood brings warm memories in the 1980’s of when I would bring my mother-in-law there, myself newly married on a tight budget. I would always leave with plenty of groceries. We love Caputo’s

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