If you were sad to see Tiny Elephant close up shop in the adjacent space to Watchung Booksellers, there’s good news for book lovers who crave sustenance, too.

da Pepo, La Cucina del Nonno, has opened up, taking over the bright, inviting space just steps away from the stacks, with a menu of old country dishes worthy of your Italian grandfather. Dine in or take out pasta, paninis, salads and small plates (mozzarella in carozza or meatballs with whipped ricotta both sound enticing), as well as kid-friendly options, too. If you’re looking to stop for coffee and something sweet, there’s espresso, cappuccino, machiatto, teas as well as tiramisu, gelato and affogato.