As a matter of full disclosure, I'm not a Cheesehead. I love to snack on American cheese and occasionally eat crackers topped with Brie or Cheddar. But I pass on cheese carts that are camouflaged as dessert treys. And I don't spend much time sampling cheeses in cheese shops. But that was before I stepped into Caputo Cheese Market at 231 East Wisconsin Avenue in Lake Forest. For a cheese lover, this is Valhalla. Caputo Cheese Market offers nearly 1,000 types of cheeses from all over the globe. It produces fresh mozzarella and sausage on site. Visitors can purchase cheese, deli meats, salads, sandwiches, pasta, spices, oils, vinegars and soups. It's like walking through Wal-Mart or Target. Take a break and indulge in one of the daily specials, which includes soups such as chicken noodle or turkey chili or lobster bisque or baked potato or shrimp and corn chowder or beef barley or chicken dumpling and a panini such as meatball or lobster roll or Italian beef. If you don't know a lot about cheese, a visit to Caputo Cheese Market is an education. Sample American cheese or cheddar or fresh mozzarella or Brie or Swiss or Fontina or ricotta or Romano or provolone or parmesan or Gouda or Gruyuere or Gorgonzola. According to Natale Caputo, who currently runs the business that was founded by his parents Rene and Pasquale Caputo in 1978, the most popular cheeses are Arrigoni Stracchino, cheddar aged three years, cheddar Applewood smoked, Brillet Savarin Affine, La Tur, Sovrano and fresh mozzarella di Bufala. Caputo's also has another cheese market at 1931 North 15th Street in Melrose Park.
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