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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lost her job in financial services during the recession of the late '00s. In 2010, she and Joe spotted a vacant storefront at 552 Washington Street in Wellesley Square and figured if there was ever a time to open a pizzeria, it was right then and there. "It was something he wanted to do," Sarah said. "He loved people. He was a really good salesman." Other than a few slight changes to the menu, Old School Italian Pizzeria remains just as Joe had left it. People of all ages escape there for pizza or a sub and get lost in wall-to-wall mem- orabilia of Boston sports and 20th century popular culture. Pictures of Joe with Sarah and their children, Joey and Reece, can be found in various spots, hanging alongside framed por- traits of Joe in his various football uniforms. Sarah credits the restaurant's longtime manager, Charlie Doherty, and many other employees, with helping her continue operat- ing. Joey, 12, helps out once in a while, while 10-year-old Reece tackles just about any duty with excitement. Whenever Sarah gets stuck making a busi- ness decision, she asks herself, "What would Joe do?" She added, "I just take his lead. He did all the hard part. He was often here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I couldn't let all of his hard work slip away by vacating this business. It would almost be a slap to his face not to keep it up." Wellesley residents are certainly lucky to have these continuing businesses operate in their town. 127 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

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