Luigi Casapulla was an Italian immigrant with great vision and an even greater work ethic. Luigi and his wife Anna (Zampini) had nine children. In 1956, Luigi bought a small neighborhood grocery store in Elsmere, DE. Since Luigi was already working two jobs, he had his children help him at the store. About that
same time, chain grocery stores were coming to Delaware and Luigi knew he would have to do something to compete. It was then he added subs and steaks. Through the years, all nine of
their children and all twelve of their grandchildren have worked in the business. In fact, fifty years later three of their children (Andrew, Louie, & Jeanne), and seven of their
grandchildren are still carrying on the proud tradition. Sadly, Anna died in 1957 and never
saw the success of the business.
In 1980, Luigi opened his second location in Hockessin, DE. Again he had the help of his children and grandchildren. He could be found there everyday untill his death in 1985. In 1984, Paula LaPenta (Luigi's granddaughter) and her husband Michael brought the tradition to the southern part of Delaware and opened Casapulla's South. In 1989, Joseph (Luigi's grandson) opened Casapulla's at People's Plaza, Glasgow, DE and in 1992, David (another grandson) opened Casapulla's North on Rt. 202 Wilmington, DE.
In June of 1999, the Hockessin property was sold. Although this was a very hard decision, it has allowed Rose, Phil, Joe and Betty (Luigi's grandchildren) to join their sisters, Vee and Marion in a much deserved retirement.
In November of 2005, Drew (Luigi's grandson) re-opened Casapulla's Hockessin at 1216 Old Lancaster Pike (previously Old Hanks Country Store). In 2006, Ann (Luigi's granddaughter) opened a new store in Red Mill Square. Also, Joseph (Luigi's grandson) has opened his second location in Middletown, DE in June of 2007.
We, as a family have been blessed witha wonderful tradition now at over fifty years! We thank our loyal customers and
friends because without YOU there would be no story. We look forward to serving you the ORIGINAL CASAPULLA'S SUBS
AND STEAKS at one of our seven locations.