Traditions for Good Luck in the New Year

The New Year is right around the corner. One thing you may know is that some Italians can be superstitious and like to stay true to their traditions. Many traditions involve some type of food and New Year’s Eve is no exception! Italians like to enjoy hearty foods that will symbolize good fortune and prosperity in the New Year!

The main focus of Italian New Year’s Eve meals is lentils! Lentils have many symbols for this holiday meal. They are round like coins. Lentils are eaten for the hope of prosperity and good luck. In our family, my mother picked up the tradition from her mother and the matriarch of Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, Romana Caputo. Nonna Romana would make lentil soup and say that it was a sign of good luck.

Many people also enjoy sausage or pig trotters to accompany their lentils. Sausage is a fattier meat. This is said to symbolize abundance. The sausage and lentils eaten together is meaning that the New Year will be even better than the last!

 

Then you finish your meal and ring in the New Year with grapes! At the stroke of midnight, you eat 12 grapes, one for each month. With each stroke of the clock and each grape eaten, you make a wish for that month!

 

 

 

 

                From Our Family To Yours

                           Buona Fortuna e Buon Anno a tutti!

 

 

Hassle Free Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it’s time for gifts, memories, and food! Families and friends come together to share meals and create memories. At Caputo’s, we want you to have a hassle free holiday, so we will do the work for you! Our Winter Holiday Feast is perfect for the holiday season and will allow you to spend quality time with the family! This homemade feast features a main entree, multiple side dishes, condiments, and dessert! In addition, you get to choose form a variety of options to make the holiday meal customized to you and your guests’ preferences!

We offer a full feast that will make your holidays much easier! Our homemade feast feeds 10-12 people and is made with all natural foods, no preservatives, and the and the nostalgia that comes with homemade food. For the main entree, there is a choice between an oven roasted turkey (14-16lbs) or an oven baked ham (5-6lbs). Both items are holiday classics with our very own signature apricot pineapple glaze!

You will get three sides–a half pan of sauteed vegetables, a half pan of homemade potatoes, and bread stuffing. There are multiple sides to choose from in each category. From mashed potatoes to sweet potatoes, from corn to mixed vegetables– we’ve got many options to choose from! You can also upgrade your stuffing to our signature italian sausage stuffing– it is even more delicious than it sounds! You will also receive half a pan of a garden salad with your choice of dressing and a dozen dinner rolls! To go along with your meal are condiments! You will get two cans of either jelly or cranberry sauce! Can’t forget dessert! The feast comes with a fresh 8” La Bella Romana apple or pumpkin pie!

Check out more information on the feast here:

We also have the perfect platters for appetizers or desserts! Our variety of platters include a spinach bowl dip, cheese platters,  fruit trays, cookie trays, and more! The many options are sure to be a crowd please at any party or event!

Our homemade feasts make your holidays easier. Holidays are meant to be spent with family and the homemade feast options make it so you can make the most of your time together with loved ones. You don’t have to worry about the stress of cooking and prepping because we will do it all for you!

Stop into a store to see your options and place an order! You can also come sample the delicious food that will be served on 12/15 and 12/16 in all stores!

 

A SWEET Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of food– turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and much more! But some might say that the most important part of every meal is at the end– the dessert! We have the perfect desserts that are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinners!

A classic dessert that is a staple in every Thanksgiving meal… PIE! Many people consider pumpkin pie the go-to Thanksgiving dessert. While pumpkin pie is delicious and always compliments a Thanksgiving meal, there are so many options for pies alone! Peach, pecan, cherry, blueberry, and–Angelo Caputo’s favorite and an american classic– apple pie! So many options to satisfy any craving. While you’re picking out the perfect pie, don’t forget the ice cream to go with it!

Our bakery has cooked up some special treats specifically for the holiday! Butter cookies with holiday sprinkles, brownie platters decorated for thanksgiving, cookie cakes decorated for Thanksgiving or for the football game, and turkey cakes! Turkey cakes are individual cakes covered in chocolate and decorated to look like turkeys. They are just as delicious as they are cute!

Along with holiday desserts are the classic desserts. Our bakery has a wide variety of homemade desserts that are perfect for any occasion. Tiramisu, cannoli, pyramid cakes, eclairs and so much more! There are options for everyone to enjoy! In addition to those is our classic twist on cannoli! We offer a cannoli dipper which is a tray with cannoli chips and and cannoli filling in the middle of the tray–perfect for any party!

Let us do the work– stop by to pick up a dessert that will please all of your loved ones! Need some last minute items on Thursday? We’re open and here to help! Our holiday hours are:

Elmwood Park: 6am-6pm

Addison: 7am-5pm

Bloomingdale: 7am-5pm

Hanover Park: 7am-5pm

South Elgin: 7am-5pm

Naperville: 7am-5pm

Carol Stream:7am-5pm

 

Your Thanksgiving Feast– Made Easy

November is here which means Thanksgiving is close! It is a holiday is all about family,  football, and, of course, FOOD! Thanksgiving and food go hand in hand, and at Caputo’s, food is what we know! We can make your Thanksgiving Feast as easy as possible so you can take the time to relax and enjoy this holiday with your loved ones.

Let us do the work this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is supposed to be a relaxing holiday filled with delicious food, but it can get stressful for the cook and the host. Being stuck in the kitchen and not getting to fully enjoy the time with good company takes away from the essence of Thanksgiving. We want you to enjoy all the aspects of Thanksgiving, so we will do the cooking for you! We offer a full feast that will make your guests full and make your Thanksgiving easier! Our homemade feast feeds 10-12 people. Our feast is made the same way you would at home! We use all natural foods, no preservatives, and the special touch that only comes with homemade food. The feast includes a homemade, 14-16lb, oven roasted turkey.

You will get three sides–a half pan of sauteed vegetables, a half pan of homemade potatoes, a half pan of traditional bread stuffing– and a dozen dinner rolls. The sides are customizable! You can choose what vegetables and potatoes you want from our variety of options. You can also upgrade your stuffing and try out our italian sausage stuffing! You will also get cranberry sauce or jelly and gravy.

No feast is complete without dessert and no Thanksgiving is complete without pie! You will get a fresh baked 8-inch La Bella Romana pie, your choice of apple or pumpkin!

All items come hot, fully cooked, and ready to serve! You can get all of this for only $129.99! We also offer just the turkey without the full meal for only $64.99! We will be featuring all the menu options in-store on November 10th and 11th from 12pm-6pm. You can stop by any location and sample the menu options at our holiday showcase!

 

 

Check out what you can get in the feast here:

 

Cookies That Will Bake Your Day!

It’s always a nice surprise when you are going to a friend’s house and see a tray of cookies, it’s even better when you see a tray of La Bella Romana cookies!

As with all of our bakery items, our butter cookies are made from scratch daily using only the freshest and simplest ingredients. A butter cookie is a relatively simple treat in order to maintain the flavors of the cookie itself. The foundation of our butter cookies are butter, sugar, and flour.  Our butter cookies are very unique. The buttery flavor comes through in each and every cookie, and creates a sense of nostalgia that will transport you right to enjoying your grandma’s butter cookies around Christmas time. The good thing about our butter cookies is that you don’t have to wait for Christmas, they are readily available in all of our stores! Each cookie is created with the passion our company was founded on.We want the customer to be able to taste the homemade qualities in each cookie that makes every bite tasty and each bite better than the last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our butter cookies have the perfect crunch paired with the perfect softness. The butter makes the cookie melt in your mouth and gives you the ability to really absorb the delicious flavors. We have a variety of butter cookies. Some are chocolate and some are original. They come in different shapes and different toppings. Whether you like nuts, cherries, chocolate chips, or sprinkles– we’ve got you covered! We have cookie trays are sure to be a crowd please at any party of get together! Butter cookies are a perfect, go-to gift! We offer them in pre-packaged containers that make them easy to grab, go, give, and enjoy! If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat that is simple and satisfies, stop by our bakery and pick some up!