Monday, September 22, 2014

Pepe Bocca Is Replacing Sessa's in Somerville's Davis Square

An Italian market and delicatessen in one of the busiest sections of Somerville is closing after 35 years in business, though another food store is taking over its space.

According to a post within the Davis Square LiveJournal blog, Sessa's Cold Cuts and Italian Specialties in the Davis Square section of the city will be shutting down, as owner John Sessa has sold the spot to Giovanni Maione of La Campania in Waltham, who will open Pepe Bocca Italian Specialty Market in its place. It looks like the transition from the old shop to the new will take place over the next few weeks, with Pepe Bocca keeping the focus on it being an Italian deli and adding a few new touches, including fresh bread and other baked goods, a "line of Neapolitan street dishes," more options for prepared foods, and seating for 20 inside and another 10 outside during the warmer months.

[December 22 update: Eater Boston mentions (via Chowhound) that Pepe Bocca is now open.]

Sessa's Cold Cuts and Italian Specialties first opened its doors on Highland Avenue in 1979.

The address for Sessa's (and the new Pepe Bocca) is 414 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02144.