WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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They're Still Talking about Joe at Old School Italian Pizzeria Customers of Old School Italian Pizzeria still tell Sarah Perdoni stories about her late husband, Joe Perdoni, Jr. Whether it was Joe giving a pep talk to a kid, listening to an adult unload his problems, supporting a youth sports league, or helping someone in need, customers keep coming back to relive those memories with Sarah. "His heart matched his size," Sarah said of Joe, who played football for his hometown Wellesley High School Raiders and then the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Joe was only five years into his dream of owning and operating his own business when he died suddenly in May 2015. Sarah never thought twice about keeping the pizzeria open and running it herself. "I felt like I had to be here, to let everybody keep talking about him," she said. Sarah and Joe would have observed their 15th year of marriage in 2017. They eloped to Italy two months after meeting. "When you know, you know," she said. Sarah, who grew up in Dover, O J R T P H O T O G R A P H Y Sarah Perdoni 126 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 business "escape there for pizza "

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