A lasting legacy
Caruso’s Restaurant began in 1976 when Joe and Barb Caruso purchased Doc Caccamo’s Pizzeria. Joe and Barb met in 1960, while working at the Hobby House Restaurant in Fort Wayne. Joe followed the Caruso family tradition and began a career at Joslyn Stainless Steel Mill to support his growing family. His Italian heritage gave him a passion for cooking, and he and Barb dreamed of someday owning their own restaurant. Steuben County was a favorite camping destination for the family, and Doc Caccamo’s Pizzeria was a special treat for the kids during the summer weekends. The opportunity for Joe and Barb’s dream became a reality when Doc and Londi decided to retire and sell the restaurant.
In 1976, Barb and Joe cashed in their life’s savings, bought the pizzeria, and moved their family to Angola.
Caruso’s Restaurant began as a two person operation, with Joe in the kitchen and Barb in
the dining room. Their children grew up learning the business and working in it through high school. Liat, Lisa and Dan eventually purchased the restaurant from their parents, making it a second generation family-owned and operated business. On some evenings, there are three generations of the Caruso Family working, when Joe and Barb are home for the summer and several of their grandchildren are part of the staff.
The face of the restaurant has changed many times since 1976, when the siding was red, white and blue, and the menu has evolved to keep current. However, many of the rustic Italian recipes remain the same. Liat and Lisa completed culinary degrees in 2012, bringing a new focus on old traditions. 2016 brought the addition of Caruso’s Wine Bar, which was a perfect compliment to the craft of good Italian food. Dan and Lori Caruso took this opportunity to further their love of wine and completed their wine sommelier certification.
Thank you for making us your “Lake Area Favorite”. Your families have grown with us during our 40+ years of business. You have entrusted us with your special events including anniversaries, birthdays and memorials. We look forward to serving you and appreciate your loyalty and friendship.