Mezza Luna survives with same menu, more takeout

A side order of meatballs in sauce with baked-that-day bread from Mezza Luna Restaurant makes the perfect appetizer or lunch. [GWENN FRISS/CAPE COD TIMES]

When you walk into Mezza Luna Restaurant in Buzzards Bay, you encounter a wall of snapshots and handwritten notes — crowded together and sometimes overlapping —showing families marking occasions from christenings to weddings to bereavements.     

Owner E. J. Cubellis II (Emilio John, but few know that because he has always been E.J.) took over the business in 1993 at age 21 from his father, E.J. Cubellis, also an Emilio but called Johnny. Johnny took over the business from his mother, Speranza Cubellis, who started Mezza Luna in 1937 out of the family home.

The generations of family owners and the wall of patrons’ photos, as well as the hearty greetings of “E.J., how are you E.J.?” when he walks through Mezza Luna’s five dining spaces all speak to why Cubellis, 48, reopened the restaurant after taking a four-month break from March 29 to July 27, 2020.