Modern Cave Man | Caputo's on 15th

11/23/2011 | Amy Tibbals
Jacquie Dadam

Fifteen years ago, Troy Peterson was inspired by The Caputo family shop and deli; ultimately, it led him to owning a slice of his own meat-and-cheese heaven.

Caputo's on 15th & 15th has been open for about a year now, but it's already a firm fixture for the neighborhood foodies of Harvard-Yale and beyond. Troy's experience and know-how was acquired hands-on from the best, having worked for a spell at the very well-known Murray's Cheese Shoppe in New York. Once back in Salt Lake, he spearheaded the Caputo's endeavor to create their very own cave. Caputo's has one of only 4 cheese caves in the U.S.; it enables them to age over 200 fresh farmstead cheeses. They also embrace a sovereign appreciation and support for local artisan food vendors. The Slow Food movement, in which eating and sourcing local food is a way of life, is an effort close to Troy's heart.

The 15th & 15th Caputo's is delightful, to be sure. Brightly-colored walls (painted by Troy) don bottles and bottles of oil, vinegar, pastas and sauces. There's a myriad of cured meats, olives, marinated artichokes...any and everything needed to compliment your wine and cheese. Call ahead, and Troy can whip up a platter that will have your guests bowing to you. For those not convinced:  Caputo's has got some of the world's best chocolate. We love this place.

Caputo's Crash Course:

Grote Caputo, I eat great chunks of this cheese in single sittings. I can't stop.

Caputo's Famous Meatball Sandwich, So loaded, you need a fork.

Creminelli Salamis, Started right out of Caputo's downtown basement. Delish.

Caputo's on 15th | 1516 South 1500 East

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