Sessa's Cold Cuts and Italian Specialties has been offering sandwiches, pastas, and a variety of Italian products for 35 years now, but changes are in store. Owner Giancarlo Sessa has sold the business to Giovanni Maione, a Johnson & Wales graduate and Four Seasons alum who has been working at his family's Waltham restaurant, La Campania, since it opened almost 20 years ago.
Sessa posted a message on Facebook regarding the sale, reading in part:
Today it is official. After 35 years of serving my amazing customers, I have passed the business on to a new man who will carry on my American dream. I came to American with nothing and opened this business to support my family. I hope in turn it is as good to him as it has been to us.
He will be around the store to say goodbye and help with the transition over through early October. Maione is making a few changes, including the addition of bread baked in-house, espresso, and more prepared options, including Neapolitan street foods. (Pizza, perhaps?) There will be seating for 20 inside (and seasonal outdoor seating for 10). And he's changing the name to Pepe Bocca.