A look at our famous, homemade sausage

At Caputo’s, we take pride in producing the highest quality and best tasting products. In order to do this, we take a lot of steps to ensure that everything is being done properly and with the best ingredients. One example of this is how we make our sausage.

Our sausage is made in-house daily. The process starts with our old-world tradition of using hand-trimmed lean pork. We mix the pork with our private blend of spices and seasonings, developed specifically for our sausage. 

Our recipes and sausage making process have been tested, tweaked, and perfected throughout the years. We believe in transparency, so you can trust that what you’re eating is authentic!

We went behind the scenes with our President and Angelo Caputo’s son-in-law, Robertino Presta, to show exactly how our sausage is made every single day.

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Sandwich Making Skills

Did you know that August is National Panini and Sandwich Month? Stopping by Our deli is the perfect way to celebrate this.

We have a variety of imported and domestic cheeses, meats, olives, and more delicacies. This paired with any of our freshly baked breads makes the perfect sandwich… in our opinion!

There are so many different options for how you make your sandwich and we all have our favorites! Here are some ideas based on our family’s preferences:

  • Mortadella and provolone on Italian bread
  •  Prosciutto and bocconcini on focaccia or italian bread 
  • Turkey, havarti, lettuce, and mayo on ciabatta 
  • Honey ham and swiss cheese on ciabatta 

In our family, we have one guy who we go-to to make all our sandwiches. Giancarlo Presta, our deli buyer and Angelo’s grandson, holds the title as our “Family’s Best Sandwich Maker” so we asked him what his favorite was. Because it’s too hard for him to pick just one, here are two of his favorite sandwich combos:

  • San Daniele Prosciutto, sliced Provolone, and La Bella Romana Italian dressing on a La Bella Romana baguette
  • Boars Head Honey Maple Ham, Boars Head gold label Swiss, on a pretzel bun with Laughing Cow Asiago on the inside of bun

Celebrate the rest of National Sandwich Month with us! Stop in by our deli and grab everything you need for your perfect sandwich, then show us and you can win! Post a picture of your ingredients and final product, then tag us. One random entry will win a $25 Caputo’s gift card! You have until September 4th to enter

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Did you know?

As a family owned and operated company, we know how important what you feed your family is. We take pride in having the freshest products possible. We go to great lengths to prepare high quality foods using the freshest and healthiest ingredients. 

Did you know that in our warehouse located in Carol Stream, we have a kitchen, bakery, and sausage production room where everyday we prepare the foods that you see in-store. We make everything from scratch, just like you would at home… just without all the mess!

Our prepared foods and bakery are under the name La Bella Romana. This is a tribute to my grandmother and our matriarch, Romana Caputo, and her passion for cooking. 

Our bakery features focaccia, breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, and more– all made fresh every morning. Many of the recipes come straight from my grandmother!

Our kitchen is preparing foods you see in our grab and go case and hot foods department. With state of the art technology, we are able to use all natural ingredients with no added preservatives, and have a great shelf life! 

Our warehouse also has our sausage production room. The process starts with our old-world tradition of using hand-trimmed lean pork. We mix the pork with our private blend of spices and seasonings, developed specifically for our sausage. Our recipes for our various sausages have been perfected throughout the years. Our different types have different spices or cheeses that make it different from any sausage you have ever tasted

Take a little look into our warehouse and production here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oABSJeS-Uv8

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Gourmet Pizza Ideas

Sometimes cooking dinner can be repetitive. The same meals every night and the same foods to choose from. If you want to make dinner into an activity to get the whole family involved, have a pizza night!!

You can build your own pizza and let everyone do the same. You have the freedom to get as creative as you want and make whatever sounds good to you!

At Caputo’s, we have everything you need for a pizza night. Check out our prepared foods section where you will find the first step… the dough! We have pre-made dough and even a pre-made pizza crust to get you going. There you will also find all the basic ingredients you need– sausage, pepperoni, cheese, sauce, and more!

When working the dough, you have two options. The first is that you can make a thin crust by using a rolling pin. This will help flatten the pizza and get you that thin crust. The second option is to use your hands! Work the dough as flat as you want with your hands. This will make the pizza a little lighter and fluffier. To really form the crust, go in a circle around the pizza and pinch where you want the crust to form.

If you want some gourmet pizza ideas that are still easy to make and that make your tastebuds dance with joy, we have some suggestions for you!

Sausage, Giardiniera, and Veggies

This pizza has a little kick to it. The first thing we did here was cover the crust with olive oil to get it a little crispier. We didn’t cover the whole pizza in olive oil just yet because we are going to do that after it cooks for taste. Then we added the sausage. We like to use our homemade bulk sausage on pizza because it is easy to form however you like and place wherever you want! Then we added the broccolini, onion, and giardiniera. We let it cook and garnished with ricotta and fresh basil.

Ingredients:

  • Mozzarella
  • Bulk Hot Italian Sausage
  • Broccolini 
  • Shaved Red Onion
  • Giardiniera
  • Ricotta
  • Basil

Potato and Squash Pizza

This pizza is great for a summer night! The vegetables and potatoes give it a great and light taste. For this pizza we sliced the zucchini and potatoes very thin so it is easier to bite and cooks quicker. We once again drizzled olive oil making sure to cover the crust. After that,  we added the goat cheese mozzarella. We chose goat cheese mozzarella to add some extra flavor. The three vegetables can be bland, so by adding a cheese with a little bit of oomph, it takes the pizza to the next level and brings out the best of the veggies! Then we topped with the rest of the ingredients. After cooking it, we garnished with ricotta and rosemary.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow zucchini
  • Yukon Potatoes
  • Goat cheese mozzarella
  • Ricotta
  • Chopped rosemary

Prosciutto Pizza

Deli meat isn’t just good for sandwiches! This pizza is a classic and one we could eat every day. We started with a pesto sauce base and adding live oil to the crust. Then, we added the mozzarella! For this pizza, we also suggest a soft cheese like buratta. After that, we added the sliced prosciutto and put it in the oven. After cooking, we garnished with lemon zest, black pepper, and an olive oil drizzle.

Ingredients:

  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella or Buratta
  • Prosciutto
  • Lemon Zest
  • Black Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Octopus Pizza

While it sounds strange, we promise you will not be disappointed! This pizza embodies a refreshing salad and a pizza all in one! For this, we covered the whole dough in olive oil and cooked it plain like that. We then tossed together arugula, radicchio, and shaved parmesan in a bowl with olive oil. We put that on the cooked crust and added pieces of fresh octopus. For the octopus, you can use our homemade octopus salad and pick out the octopus or use our marinated octopus! Both options give you delicious results. We then garnished with a Balsamic reduction and some more shaved parmesan because we all know you can never have too much cheese!

Ingredients:

  • Grilled octopus or octopus salad
  • Radicchio
  • Arugula
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Balsamic reduction

For all the pizzas, we recommend heating your oven to 500° or the highest your oven will go. Then cook for about 12-14 minutes depending on your oven and the desired crispiness!

Make your next pizza night a gourmet one and let us know what you make!

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End of Summer Charcuterie Board

The weather has started to turn which is a bit of a wakeup call that summer is winding down.  With the seasons changing, we will also see food changing. Produce is especially dependent on the season. We want to celebrate summer and enjoying our favorite summer fruits is a great way to do so. How do you take this to the next level? Make a charcuterie board!   

If you want to make one, but not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered!

This charcuterie board focuses on cheeses, summer fruits, and crackers. When it comes to making a charcuterie board, it is important to remember balance. You want to balance the flavors and textures that are on your board. You want a diverse assortment of items with different flavor profiles so that all the items on your board can stand on their own and show off the flavors! You also want a variety of shapes. Especially with the cheeses, cut them in different ways to create some dimension on the board.

Here is a perfect charcuterie board for the transitions between seasons that highlights some of our favorite summer fruits. 

The Cheeses

Because it is a summer to fall transition board, we selected a variety of cheeses with different flavor profiles to highlight the contrasts of the two seasons. This board will have some creamy and smooth cheeses as well as some sharp and mild cheeses. 

3 month aged Manchego

This is a sheep’s milk cheese that comes from Spain. It has a mild and buttery flavor profile. It is very versatile which is why it is great for this charcuterie board. We cut it in even wedges, leaving the rind on in order to make it easier to hold while you eat. You can eat the rind, but you’ll notice a different texture. When it comes to putting it on the board, we put a few rows of this cheese and layered it with the points facing towards the center of the board. It helps the board look good and full, without taking up a lot of room.

Sartori Old World White Cheddar

This Wisconsin cheese is full of flavor, yet simple at the same time. It is aged and creamy, with some sweet, buttery notes. To get a different shape, we cubed this cheese.

Brie Couronne

This Brie is from France. It is a double cream which makes it sweet and buttery. It is a mild cheese that is semi-firm, yet still creamy at the same time.

Roth Buttermilk Blue Cheese

This blue cheese is buttery, but has a little tang. Despite the tang, you still get the rich and creamy texture. Because it is a soft cheese, you don’t need to cut it! Just put the whole wedge on the board accompanied with a butter knife so that people can spread the cheese on crackers. 

The Fruit 

We used this board as a way to highlight the best produce of the summer! It also adds some great pops of color to the board.

Cherries

One of our favorite summer fruits is cherries, so we couldn’t leave those out! We put some whole cherries on the board

Strawberries

You can slice strawberries, but in order to get a bigger bite we halved the smaller strawberries and quartered the larger ones. The important thing to remember about using strawberries on a board is that they stain, so put them in a spot that you can put them on their own.

Blueberries

Blueberries are great during the summer. They are great to fill in the board and add a different color and texture!

Peaches or Nectarines

We can’t forget about the stone fruit! Adding slices of nectarines or peaches to your board pairs well with the cheeses and adds color at the same time.

The Crackers

You’ll need some palate cleansers that can enhance the flavors and textures already present on your board. 

La Panzanella toasted sesame crackers

This is a crisp with ground and twisted sesame seeds. This cracker has a toasty undertone which ties all the items on your board together. 

Phyllo Apricot Honey Crisps

This cracker is sweet and soft with a little bit of crunch. It is a phyllo pastry sheet topped with apricots, oats, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Olinas Cashew Rosemary Crackers

This cracker is both sweet and savory. It is loaded with nuts, herbs, and seeds.

Valencia Herbed Almonds

These are Spanish almonds mixed with fine herbs and oil from the mediterranean.

Make this one or make your own! Have fun with the items you choose to put on and how you arrange them. 

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Food Truck

We’ve got some exciting news— we are bringing our kitchen to you! We know in these trying times that the decision of whether to go in somewhere can be tricky.  We don’t want you to have to stress, so we’re bringing our kitchen outside with our Mobile Cucina!

Throughout the next few months, our food truck will be going from store to store on the weekends. We will be at one store each weekend with tons of delicious foods at a great price! 

Our menu is continuously being updated, but we have all your favorites! Tacos, sausage, beef, fries, and more. Having a meal from our food truck is a great way to stay safe and get out of the house while enjoying some great food.

Did you know that you can have our Mobile Cucina at your next party?? Take your party to the next level by catering with our food truck. It’s our same delicious food served in a unique way!

For more a complete calendar on where our Mobile Cucina will be next and info on how to reserve the food truck, click here

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National Burger Day

We all know that the summer months are meant for grilling and what’s a barbecue without some good burgers? I think it’s safe to say that burgers are a summer staple. So what better time to celebrate National Burger Day! National Burger Day is right around the corner– it is on July 28th– and we are here to make sure you are well prepared! 

Our meat department is full of high quality meats, poultry, sausage, and more! This includes our burgers. Burgers are great because they can be customized to however a person likes them. There are many options for toppings, sauces, cheeses, and more! You can put the classics like bacon, onions, and tomatoes or go crazy and add avocado, onion rings, or chili! There are so many options and you can have fun trying them all out. 

One of our favorites that can really take your burger to the next level is to add some of our homemade guacamole! It adds a delicious burst of flavor.  

If you want to try something different this weekend, head to our meat department and try one of our stuffed burgers! We have a variety of burgers that are filled with a mixture of ingredients and will make your tastebuds happy! 

Here are our signature burgers:  

Cheddar Jalapeno

Blue Cheese

Cheddar Bacon

Cheddar

Black Pepper

Let us know what you’re grilling this weekend!

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Super Cherries

The long days of summer are already enjoyable, but they’re even more enjoyable with good food! A go-to of ours is cherries. Cherries are a great snack and something we look forward to once summer comes around. 

What’s even better is that Super Cherries are now available! Super Cherries come from family business Super Fresh Growers in Washington! These cherries are grown in the Yakima and Wenatchee regions of the Pacific Northwest and The Dalles region of Northern Oregon.  

Cherry growing regions

Cherries generally have two main flavors- sweet or tart. Let’s look a little closer at some of the Super Cherries available now

Dark Sweet Cherries

Dark Sweet Cherries are available from May through August, but the peak months are June and July. These cherries are large and have a deep red color. They are firm and sweet!

Dark Sweet Cherries are commonly confused with Bing Cherries. This dark red variety was developed to mature at different times and places and they are available for longer!

Rainier Cherries

Rainier cherries are the light colored cherries known for their glossy, golden color. These cherries are a cross between the Bing and the Van cherry. They were first developed in 1952 at Washington State University and  named after Mt. Rainier. Originally these cherries were made to help pollinate other cherries, but growers soon came to love the taste and the look.  

Rainier Cherries are known for their unique color and for their incredibly sweet taste

In addition to tasting delightful, they are high in nutrition. Cherries are a good source of fiber and high in antioxidants. They also contain flavonoids. Flavonoids are what naturally bring color to fruits and veggies. The flavonoid benefits are that they seek and destroy free radicals in the body. 

We hope you are enjoying the cherry season as much as we are!

Here’s a tip on how to enjoy cherries:

Cherries should remain unwashed until you are ready to enjoy them. Cherry skin absorbs water and will soften the texture of the fruit early. They should be stored in a plastic container sealed tightly, in the coldest part of your refrigerator. When you are ready to snack, wash them and allow them to sit in room temperature momentarily in order to release their full flavor.

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Top Summer Fruits

The long summer days have hit us. While it’s great to be able to enjoy the daylight for a longer time, it means that the temperature is HOT! Between the humidity and the heat, we are constantly looking for ways to renew, reenergize, and refresh while enjoying all the outdoor activities that come with summer. 

What you put into your body greatly affects your energy level. It is a good idea to nourish your body, especially in the extreme heat. Luckily, the summer season has some of the best fruit!

Here are some of our top favorite summer fruits

Watermelon

Cold watermelon on a hot summer day is such a treat. The great thing about watermelon is that it can actually help hydrate you too! Watermelon is about 90% water on top of all the other vitamins and nutrients watermelon contains.By eating watermelon, you’re getting some of the key nutrients you need while soaking up the sun!

Cherries

With a summer growing season, cherries are something we look forward to every year! Cherries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Whether you prefer the sweeter cherries or the tarter cherries, they are both good and good for you. 

Peaches

Peaches are a very diverse fruit. You can eat them on their own, make a dessert out of them, put them in a salad, or even enjoy them in a glass of wine!  Peaches are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. They are known to help with digestion, boost immunity, protect your skin, and more!

Another way to beat the heat and still get the nutrients from fruit is to make a smoothie! You can freeze the fruit or mix some ice with fresh fruit. Throw in some of our freshly squeezed orange juice and you have a delicious drink that will help make the heat a little more bearable! 

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4th of July Desserts

Every good celebration needs good dessert! Whether you’re having a little get together or just celebrating the 4th on your own, the red, white, and blue theme will be prominent this weekend.

If you need something sweet and on theme to bring to your celebration, we can help! We have tons of delicious desserts for the individual or for a few people that are perfect for your Independence Day festivities.

Fireworks Cake

This triple layer cake is 3 tiers of vanilla cake with red, white, and blue frosting in between. The top is decorated with fireworks as an ode to the Fourth of July tradition!

American Flag Cake

This yellow cake is decorated with white icing and star sprinkles surround the sides. The top is decorated with an American flag made out of icing.

Cookies

Cookies are a great option for dessert. You can get a lot to make a tray or keep a few for yourself. Our bakery has a variety of patriotic themed cookies. Star cookies, butter cookies with sprinkles, and more! Here are a few that are great for the holiday!

Maybe you’re in the mood to make your own dessert. Apple pie is a classic American dessert. Many people love to enjoy a slice of pie with some ice cream. We have a recipe that is a must try this 4th of July, Salted Caramel Apple Pie in a mason jar lid!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

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