Longtime Sacramento Italian deli to close in April

It's in with the new and out with the old, and the end of an era for an iconic Italian restaurant.

As developers pour millions to revitalize Sacramento's downtown and meet the growing housing need -- A J Street icon will close its doors to make it happen. 

The Italian Importing Company has been around since the 1950's. Larry Otten, 66, has owned it since 1990. The building he leased has been purchased to make way for an 11-story residential development. 

“I’m already 66-years-old and the body is already wearing down between the knees and the back," Otten said. "I mean the six and seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day  is – Puts a toll on you after a while.”

A longtime customer described the Otten's place as "old school." The Italian deli serves handmade sandwiches and those hard to find Italian imports. 

"It’s more like a family you know. You know somebody you can go talk to, if you’ve got an issue," said Victor Cima, whose patronized the restaurant 40-years. "It was more of a friendship than anything else.”

While the storefront will shutdown, Larry isn't going anywhere. He's been offered a spot serving his specials at local Italian restaurant called Sampino's. 

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