“Honorary Angelo Caputo Way” Street Naming Dedication
On Thursday October 14, 2021, the Village of Elmwood Park honored the memory of the founder of Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets by passing a motion and designating a street sign reading “Honorary Angelo Caputo Way” in front of their store located at the corner of Grand and Harlem in Elmwood Park. Family members and friends were present for this special occasion as Elmwood Park Mayor, Angelo “Skip” Saviano, with the help of Angelo’s great granddaughter unveiled the street sign during the afternoon ceremony.
Italian immigrants, Angelo and his wife, Romana, opened their first store, known as Caputo’s New Farm Produce and Italian Specialties, in 1958 on Harlem and Wrightwood in Elmwood Park. The couple founded the business on deep family values, hard work, and sacrifice. As the company grew, they continued to give back to the communities in which they served. Elmwood Park has been a beneficiary of the Caputo family’s passion, drive, and generosity since the beginning of the company over 60 years ago. “The contributions are numerous and include economic and cultural aspects,” said Mayor Saviano.
Today, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets operates in 8 locations in the Chicagoland Area. Angelo and Romana’s daughter, Antonella Caputo Presta, is president of the company, her husband, Robertino Presta, CEO, and their five children actively involved in the business working in various roles. “Whenever you think of Elmwood Park, you think of Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets,” said Robertino Presta. “It is a vital part of the community, it’s where our roots are.”
Angelo Caputo passed away peacefully at the age of 89 earlier this year. He reunited with his beloved wife who passed in 2004. Their legacy lives on.