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    Post #1 - July 13th, 2005, 12:48 am
    Post #1 - July 13th, 2005, 12:48 am Post #1 - July 13th, 2005, 12:48 am
    Joe Caputo & Sons of Des Plaines opened a new store in Palatine a few months ago and we finally got over there. It's a huge and pristine grocery with a full complement of ethnic goods of all sorts.

    The produce section seemed to lean Latino-wards, with many chilies, but not as much in the way of Italian items as the Des Plaines store; that may be a function of the season. Unlike the other store, it offers house-made hot foods such as pork with tarragon and mustard sauce, fresh seafood, an in-house bakery and beer and wine. We bought some arancini, which were so-so, and some spinach pies, which were quite good. There's also a full-service meat counter.

    A random assortment of other goods spotted: fresh lemongrass; many kinds of nuts and seeds; dried favas; salt-packed capers; canned guava & quince paste; tamarind paste; canned dulce de leche; canned mangosteen, jackfruit and rambutan; canned quail eggs; silken tofu; Chinese sausage from Canada; house-made sausage; frozen rabbit; frozen parantha and roti.

    Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market
    847/827-6700
    2070 N. Rand Road, Palatine
    http://www.joecaputoandsons.com
    7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; -8 p.m. Sa-Su
    Last edited by LAZ on September 20th, 2008, 1:29 am, edited 2 times in total.
  • Post #2 - July 16th, 2005, 8:26 pm
    Post #2 - July 16th, 2005, 8:26 pm Post #2 - July 16th, 2005, 8:26 pm
    LAZ, thank you very much for this tip. I have been looking for tamarind paste for a morrocan lamb recipe that sounded very good. --Joy
  • Post #3 - September 20th, 2008, 1:33 am
    Post #3 - September 20th, 2008, 1:33 am Post #3 - September 20th, 2008, 1:33 am
    I stopped into the Algonquin Joe Caputo recently. It might be even bigger than the Palatine store. It had a great selection of produce, good-looking meat and fish departments, and very ethnically diverse grocery offerings.

    Joe Caputo & Sons
    http://joecaputoandsons.com
    959 E. Oakton St., Des Plaines, (847) 827-6700
    2070 N. Rand Road, Palatine, (847) 705-7200
    100 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, (847) 458-9100
  • Post #4 - September 20th, 2008, 9:17 am
    Post #4 - September 20th, 2008, 9:17 am Post #4 - September 20th, 2008, 9:17 am
    What connection is this store to one in Addison on Lake St.? Also isn't there another one on Harlem in Elmwood Pk?
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #5 - September 20th, 2008, 9:54 am
    Post #5 - September 20th, 2008, 9:54 am Post #5 - September 20th, 2008, 9:54 am
    There are three sets of Caputo stores, owned separately by relatives. The stores you refer to are Angelo Caputo's Fresh Markets.

    Complete list of Caputo family stores
  • Post #6 - March 15th, 2010, 3:44 pm
    Post #6 - March 15th, 2010, 3:44 pm Post #6 - March 15th, 2010, 3:44 pm
    I have shopped Joe Caputo & Sons', on Randall Road in Algonquin every week since it opened.
    We buy all our meats, deli, cheese, seafood, most produce, dairy and Italian specialties there.
    For staples we visit Woodman's once a month. Or occasionally forage into ALDI's for their staples.
    I must say that the deli and the seafood have the best selections and prices within 20 miles of Algonquin. Other food stores in the area just do not have the variety of deli meats, cheese and fresh fish that this Algonquin store has. The only problem with this Joe Caputo is that Meijers usually has better quality apples, pears and other round fruits primarily because Meijers has their fruit shipped and displayed in individually cratered Styrofoam layers, almost zero bruises and the fruit quality is more consistent. Joe Caputo overall has great produce but if you want dinosaur kale or red or green chard, it is at Meijers. Caputo has great quality in tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and most green vegetables and melons, potatoes.

    The meat at Caputo is great and great prices. Never had a bad meat buy there.
    Then again since I grew up in a full service Italian Grocery I do know meat and produce.

    Joe Caputo & Sons', on Randall Road in Algonquin a comment about their bakery and hot food service. Both are OK but both are easily surpassed by the bakery and the kitchen at Joseph's in Crystal Lake.

    Overall I have not felt the need to visit Jewel or Dominick's for anything since Joe Caputo & Sons', on Randall Road in Algonquin (and Woodman's) opened a couple years ago.
  • Post #7 - August 30th, 2011, 12:28 pm
    Post #7 - August 30th, 2011, 12:28 pm Post #7 - August 30th, 2011, 12:28 pm
    Hi,

    I get to Joe Caputo's about 4 times a year and it seems to get better with every visit.

    There have always been wonderful bargains and excellent quality in the fresh market. Recently, I have noticed some enticing things in the meat department.

      Fresh, split veal knuckles are almost too cheap.
      Top blade steaks are marked as 'flat iron steaks" but you can request a 6" thick steak and cut them into flat irons at home.
      Lots of lamb cuts.
      French cut pork chops.

    How can the Fresh Market and Whole Food compete with Joe Caputo's????

    Tim
  • Post #8 - August 30th, 2011, 1:48 pm
    Post #8 - August 30th, 2011, 1:48 pm Post #8 - August 30th, 2011, 1:48 pm
    Just was at Joe Caputo's Algonquin a few minutes ago. I always look for Manager's Specials in the meat department. Today I bought 4 thick veal chops at the ridiculous price of 4.99 per LB. Normally 2x or 3x that price.
  • Post #9 - September 1st, 2011, 7:09 pm
    Post #9 - September 1st, 2011, 7:09 pm Post #9 - September 1st, 2011, 7:09 pm
    Right now, there are a number of Joseph's Marketplace refugees heading to Joe Caputo's. Joseph's in Crystal Lake is closed until the landlord rebuilds the roof.

    While Caputo's is similar and carries a lot of the same item, it does not "cut it". The produce is more expensive and not as good. Also, they no longer seem to have a hot food counter at Caputo's, at least at 7 pm.
  • Post #10 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:14 pm
    Post #10 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:14 pm Post #10 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:14 pm
    Having moved into the city now, I miss Joe Caputo's in Palatine the most! I try to stop by whenever I'm in the burbs visiting family. Nothing compares to their variety, quality and prices near us.
  • Post #11 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:40 pm
    Post #11 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:40 pm Post #11 - September 2nd, 2011, 12:40 pm
    toria wrote:What connection is this store to one in Addison on Lake St.? Also isn't there another one on Harlem in Elmwood Pk?


    That place has went downhill big time.
    That use to be my favorite place to shop.
    Now every piece of meat looks like crap.
    I get spoiled smelling pork, slimy chicken...uggg
    I won't go there anymore after 3 solid years of shopping there.
    I assume all Caputos are like this now....
  • Post #12 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:35 pm
    Post #12 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:35 pm Post #12 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:35 pm
    Robbie wrote:I assume all Caputos are like this now....


    :shock: WTF is this? Your specious claim about all stores based on one that is not even the same chain makes me question why you joined today just to slam. Perhaps an angry unionized Dominicks employee? I googled this Angelo Caputo's store and found mostly positive reviews on the web.
  • Post #13 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:38 pm
    Post #13 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:38 pm Post #13 - September 2nd, 2011, 2:38 pm
    Joe Caputo is in Algonquin, Palatine and Des Plaines
    http://www.joecaputoandsons.com/

    Angelo Caputo is in Addison, Bloomingdale, Elmwood Park, Hanover Park, Nashville-Plainfield, South Elgin
    http://www.caputomarkets.com/

    Caputo Cheese Market is in Melrose Park and Lake Forest
    (over 1000 cheeses, retail and wholesale)
    http://www.wisconcorp.com/caputocheese.html

    THEY ARE ALL FAMILY RELATED BUT ARE THREE totally DIFFERENT BUSINESSES.
    Last edited by imbottito on September 3rd, 2011, 9:31 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  • Post #14 - September 3rd, 2011, 7:26 pm
    Post #14 - September 3rd, 2011, 7:26 pm Post #14 - September 3rd, 2011, 7:26 pm
    I've been shopping at Caputo's in Algonquin since they opened, several times a week. It's a great store, fabulous deli and meat dept. I've never had a problem with the meat there, as we have with Meijer's. We quit shopping at both Jewel and Dominicks the day the opened. However, I found out today they are opening a Fresh Market in Crystal Lake this fall. I'm fairly quivering, frankly. I'll continue to support my wonderful Caputo's for the majority of my purchases, but I am really excited about an upscale grocer coming to the area!
    SAVING ONE DOG MAY NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT IT CHANGES THE WORLD FOR THAT ONE DOG.
  • Post #15 - October 20th, 2011, 10:48 pm
    Post #15 - October 20th, 2011, 10:48 pm Post #15 - October 20th, 2011, 10:48 pm
    They also announced that in Barrington a store named HEINEN out of Cleveland suburbs will open.
    Checked their weekly ads on the .net and their prices are higher than Jewel or Dominick's, and these are sale items.
  • Post #16 - October 20th, 2011, 11:31 pm
    Post #16 - October 20th, 2011, 11:31 pm Post #16 - October 20th, 2011, 11:31 pm
    Heinen's is a service based operation, similar to Sunset Foods. They are appealing to a higher end crowd; offering a more upscale experience. So yes, their prices do tend to be a bit higher. If they make it in Barrington, I expect you'll see more stores opening up in other well to do neighborhoods. You won't likely see one within the city limits of Chicago.

    Their Cleveland customers love them and are very loyal. They swear by Heinen's meats and prepared foods.

    We'll see it they are as readily accepted here.

    Buddy
  • Post #17 - October 20th, 2011, 11:38 pm
    Post #17 - October 20th, 2011, 11:38 pm Post #17 - October 20th, 2011, 11:38 pm
    imbottito wrote:They also announced that in Barrington a store named HEINEN out of Cleveland suburbs will open.
    Checked their weekly ads on the .net and their prices are higher than Jewel or Dominick's, and these are sale items.


    You do not go to Heinen's for price - they are amont the highest in Cleveland. What draws the crowd is the service. They take your groceries to the car. They fave butchers and produce guys who know their product.

    It is NOT my cup of tea, but they are a first rate market that would match up with the Dierburgs and Wegmans of teh world.
  • Post #18 - September 6th, 2012, 11:57 am
    Post #18 - September 6th, 2012, 11:57 am Post #18 - September 6th, 2012, 11:57 am
    I am trying to understand the Caputo in Algonquin. They advertise VOLPI prosciutto at 6.99 LB and then when you get there they say they are out and substitute Daniele prosciutto. This has happened 2 times a month for several months. I may have to escalate this thing.

    I do like the DELI kiosk right when you enter the store and you can input the DELI order and by the time you get to the DELI, 10-15 minutes later, it is ready. Beats waiting 15-20 minutes in line at the DELI. Outside of the prosciutto situation never had a problem problem with advance ordering.
  • Post #19 - March 4th, 2013, 9:23 pm
    Post #19 - March 4th, 2013, 9:23 pm Post #19 - March 4th, 2013, 9:23 pm
    jlawrence01 wrote:
    imbottito wrote:They also announced that in Barrington a store named HEINEN out of Cleveland suburbs will open.
    Checked their weekly ads on the .net and their prices are higher than Jewel or Dominick's, and these are sale items.


    You do not go to Heinen's for price - they are amont the highest in Cleveland. What draws the crowd is the service. They take your groceries to the car. They fave butchers and produce guys who know their product.

    It is NOT my cup of tea, but they are a first rate market that would match up with the Dierburgs and Wegmans of teh world.

    Heinen's is opening in the former Dominick's at 1020 Waukegan Rd in Glenview. http://glenview.suntimes.com/news/17070 ... nview.html
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  • Post #20 - January 28th, 2014, 1:30 pm
    Post #20 - January 28th, 2014, 1:30 pm Post #20 - January 28th, 2014, 1:30 pm
    more growth for Caputo's and thankfully it appears that they will be out of that tiny location in Des Plaines & move into the closed Dominick's (NE corner of Manheim & Oakton). I'm very happy to see this news, as the tiny Des Plaines location is hell to move around in during most hours.

    http://www.journal-topics.com/news/arti ... f6878.html

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  • Post #21 - January 28th, 2014, 5:51 pm
    Post #21 - January 28th, 2014, 5:51 pm Post #21 - January 28th, 2014, 5:51 pm
    Joe Caputo is doubling from 3 stores to 6 by adding 4 former Dominick stores and replacing the old Des Plaines store. So they will have Algonquin, Palatine, Des Plaines (in a Dominick's) and NEW LOCATIONS in Northbrook, Arlington Heights, and Elk Grove Village. Growth is good but I hope they do not spread themselves too thin.
  • Post #22 - January 30th, 2014, 9:31 am
    Post #22 - January 30th, 2014, 9:31 am Post #22 - January 30th, 2014, 9:31 am
    According to the Mount Prospect Journal, the expansion is based partly on the lease they held on the Des Plaines store in the Oaks shopping center:

    According to Nat, Safeway had a lease agreement with his family to pay rent on the property until May of 2017. The agreement for Caputo’s to take over Dominick’s sites in Arlington Hts., Northbrook and Elk Grove Village included allowing Safeway out of the expensive lease
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  • Post #23 - June 12th, 2015, 6:53 pm
    Post #23 - June 12th, 2015, 6:53 pm Post #23 - June 12th, 2015, 6:53 pm
    Sweet Willie wrote:more growth for Caputo's and thankfully it appears that they will be out of that tiny location in Des Plaines & move into the closed Dominick's (NE corner of Manheim & Oakton). I'm very happy to see this news, as the tiny Des Plaines location is hell to move around in during most hours.

    http://www.journal-topics.com/news/arti ... f6878.html
    I needed some sausage the other day and found myself at the Caputo's in Des Plaines. I used to go pretty often when I lived in park Ridge but hadn't been there in the last few years. Does anyone have any new info on that supposed move to the old Dominick's at Mannheim and Oakton?
  • Post #24 - June 12th, 2015, 9:45 pm
    Post #24 - June 12th, 2015, 9:45 pm Post #24 - June 12th, 2015, 9:45 pm
    Nothing firm, but the windows are all covered and there's obvious activity going on. With all the other new properties they've opened, I don't think opening the new Des Plaines store is a high priority.

    Buddy
  • Post #25 - December 18th, 2015, 3:17 pm
    Post #25 - December 18th, 2015, 3:17 pm Post #25 - December 18th, 2015, 3:17 pm
    I finally got over to the new Joseph Caputos in Elk Grove Village. It's the old Dominicks space at Arlington Heights Road and Biesterfield. Seems a little different with all the room compared to the Palatine store. The make your own 6 pack beer cooler is different. I've noticed that Meijers has resorted to single bottle sales so I guess it rates as a thing. They retained most of the Dominicks layout which makes me wonder why it took them so long to open. There's a coffee bar and a bar near the entrance.
    The produce section seemed more impressive in the Palatine store. I suppose it's partially the season. But it seems to be better quality than Valli at a bit higher price. The selection of grocery brands is a little different. I was looking over the tea bags and didn't recognize a number of the brands. Hopefully this is a good thing. Their definition of senior for the Tue-Wed discount is 55. Though they don't include sale items for the 10% discount. I expect to shop here fairly regularly. Now if the rumor of Tony's in Schaumburg is true I won't be too annoyed at Marianos triangulating me.
  • Post #26 - December 20th, 2015, 2:36 pm
    Post #26 - December 20th, 2015, 2:36 pm Post #26 - December 20th, 2015, 2:36 pm
    Just happened to notice this thread, not sure it's posted anywhere else but the Joe Caputo & Sons in Northbrook closed abruptly overnight about 2 months ago maybe. The store was not pleasant to shop in, the service was terrible, but I did like their produce and a few others things. Mainly it was so nice having something walkable, now the closest grocery is the monster Mariano's on Willow & Sanders.
  • Post #27 - December 21st, 2015, 2:27 am
    Post #27 - December 21st, 2015, 2:27 am Post #27 - December 21st, 2015, 2:27 am
    I wondered about that. Looking at their latest fliers, I noticed the absence of the Northbrook store. Couldn't figure out what happened. Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear the store was such a mess. Based on my visits to their other stores, the Northbrook store sounds like an anomaly.

    Buddy
  • Post #28 - May 13th, 2016, 11:07 am
    Post #28 - May 13th, 2016, 11:07 am Post #28 - May 13th, 2016, 11:07 am
    A Wisconsin company that operates Piggly Wiggly and Butera Market stores acquired the real estate and assets for three remaining Joe Caputo & Sons grocery stores at auction Thursday.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html
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