The So-Called Retirement of Tony Caputo

Jun 12, 2015 1212

Most of you probably didn't notice that Utah food giant Tony Caputo officially retired this weekend. It's not really Tony's style to do anything this quietly—he tends towards open-voiced honesty and bluntness. And most of you won't even notice the retirement, since he'll still be in the downtown store he founded on most Saturdays, at least through this summer.

Nevertheless, just the whispered announcement and private retirement party are worth marking. Caputo's Deli & Market was an early food oasis in Salt Lake City, bringing the jolt of uninhibited joy of Italian eating to white-bread land. When I moved here from California, Caputo's was one of the places that convinced I could live in Utah.

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