Cappy named Strawberry Fest grand marshal

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Bob Capuano and his daughter, Taura Capuano-Auddino at Cappy’s Pizza in London

(Posted June 15, 2017)

Robert “Cappy” Capuano, owner of Cappy’s Pizza in London, is this year’s Strawberry Festival parade grand marshal.

Born from second generation Italian immigrants, Bob became very good in the kitchen as he grew up. When his mom asked him what cake he wanted for his birthday, he would reply, “Pizza”! His favorite cake now is chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow icing, though he still loves pizza, especially double cheese and double pepperoni—now known as “Cappy’s Favorite” at his restaurant.

Bob graduated from Bishop Ready High School and served in the United States Army 1968-1971. He has always supported the community in whatever way possible. He has been involved with local sports leagues, including peewee football and T-ball. He also has lent his support to 4-H, Scouts and the Madison County Fair. Bob likes to help others quietly. His hobbies include running his pizza shop and golfing.

Bob resides in the Hilliard area. Due to his family’s strong restaurant background and his love for London and pizza, he and his father-in-law, Jack Faust, created what is now Cappy’s Pizza.

After his return from the service, they opened the first Cappy’s Pizza on South Main Street in April 1972 which only offered pick-up and delivery service. In 1978, they moved from their small location to a building on West High Street, formerly the Kroger building. After 13 years, they moved to 247 Lafayette St., where they would remain for the next 25 years until their move to their present location of 225 Lafayette St.

Bob intends to make 225 Lafayette the permanent home for Cappy’s Pizza. Their present location can hold 102 people comfortably and has a party room available for reservations for large get-togethers or small affairs. He offers a daily lunch buffet with various pizzas, salad, and other items that rotate each day.

Bob has loved serving the London community for the past 45 years and hopes to continue serving the community for many generations to come as his children Taura, Nick and Mike take over in his stead. He greatly enjoys seeing former employees and catching up when they come in to visit. Bob says he could write a book with all the memories and stories from the shop.

He has added many items to his menu over the years and hopes to add a few more over the years to come. With rising competition and more varieties of pizza, Cappy’s Pizza is proud to say they have never been off course with the product they’ve served. They’ve made it their mission to never change the way they serve the community, from the product you see on your dinner table to the experiences you have with the staff.

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