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Satisfy Your Arancini and Deli Cravings at Pepe Bocca, Now Open in Davis

Sessa's Cold Cuts has reopened under new ownership as Pepe Bocca, serving fresh pizza and lots more.

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Giancarlo Sessa (left) and Giovanni Maione
Giancarlo Sessa (left) and Giovanni Maione

Sessa's Cold Cuts, a deli and purveyor of Italian goods in Somerville's Davis Square, closed up shop this fall after 35 years, selling the business to a new owner. "I have passed the business on to a new man who will carry on my American dream," original owner Giancarlo Sessa wrote on Facebook at the time. The new owner, Giovanni Maione, is a Johnson & Wales grad who has been working at his family's Waltham restaurant, La Campania, for nearly the last two decades.

Now, Chowhound users are reporting that the new business, Pepe Bocca, has opened, and it's "friendly and cozy inside" — gone are the "rows of shelves" and "crowded stacks of dusty cans." Expect deli items, fresh breads and cannoli, espresso, and sandwiches, along with fresh pizza, bruschetta, and arancini. And there's a seating area in case you want to eat your arancini while they're still hot.

Early Yelp reviews are enthusiastic; one notes that Maione is already "mak[ing] an effort to know the regulars." Plus, that arancini is "very very good."

Pepe Bocca is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pepe Bocca

414 Highland Avenue, , MA 02144 (617) 776-6687 Visit Website