Caputo’s mission is to preserve and protect food items of unique provenance. In the face of an increasingly homogenized, mass-produced agricultural system, Caputo’s fights for time-tested culinary traditions, for artisan spirit, and for authentic flavor.
– In 1997, Tony Caputo opened the original Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli on the corner of 3rd West and 3rd South, in Salt Lake City’s historic Greek-Italian neighborhood.
– In 2008, Caputo’s added a second smaller location on the University of Utah campus.
– In 2010, a third location was opened at 1516 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City.
– In 2014 another location was added at 4673 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City in Holladay.
– Caputo’s online began in 2011.
– In 2015, Tony officially retired, leaving the company in the hands of his son Matt Caputo.
– In 2009, Caputo’s opened the first cheese cave in SLC for the aging and caring of both local and imported artisan cheeses, followed by a second cheese cave in 2015.
– One of the few cheese caves in the West, Caputo’s ages and cares for its cheeses according
to Old World traditions with award winning results.
– At the 2019 Utah Cheese Awards, Caputo’s House Made Burrata and Barely Legal both won Gold, while Mesa Tome won Silver and Caputo’s House Aged Cheddar won Bronze.
– Currently, 19 different types of cheese exist in the Caputo’s Cheese Caves Catalog, each having spent time aging in the Caputo’s Cheese Caves.
– Since 2017, each spring a team from Caputo’s takes 10-15 local chefs, cheesemongers, and culinary insiders to Mesa Farm, a small goat dairy farm in Cainesville, Utah to experience firsthand true farmstead cheesemaking at its most authentic.
– Caputo’s has sold Mesa Farm cheeses exclusively since 2014, garnering an almost cult following among Salt Lake City cheese fanatics, as well as finding a place on the menu of many local Utah restaurants.
– Caputo’s Education Program offers a robust class schedule with an average of three classes per week, spanning from cooking classes to chocolate and cheese tasting classes to introductory spirits and bitters classes.
– Since 2012, Caputo’s hosts an annual fundraiser, the Caputo’s Chocolate Festival, with all proceeds donated to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund. The event has donated more than $29,000 to the HCP.
– The festival features an award winning craft chocolate maker, with local chefs and drink makers creating cacao based savory and sweet concoctions featuring the visiting makers’ chocolate.
– Caputo’s is home to over 50 craft chocolate brands, many of which have won Sofi and other renowned awards.
– Caputo’s has received multiple awards for its deli and markets, including the Sofi award in 2009 and the 2019 City Weekly award for Best Ethnic/Specialty Food Market, and Best Sliced Meats For Your Sandwich.