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Anthony P. “Tony” Pizzo

1912 - 1994

 
 
Anthony P. " Tony" Pizzo Marker sculptor: Steven Dickey. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 28, 2008
1. Anthony P. " Tony" Pizzo Marker sculptor: Steven Dickey.
Inscription. Beloved Civic Leader, Historian, Businessman and Author whose infectious enthusiasm inspired the preservation of Local History
 
Erected 1995 by City of Tampa.
 
Location. 27° 57.659′ N, 82° 26.334′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on E. 8th Ave near Angel Oliva Senior St., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa at Ybor Centennial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayor Nick C. Nuccio (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony P. Pizzo (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Fort King Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Fire Station No. 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ybor Centennial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Club Life In Tampa (about 300 feet away); L’Unione Italiana (about 300 feet away); La Joven Francesa Bakery (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
Regarding Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo. Anthony P. Pizzo was born to Italian parents in Tampa on September
Anthony P. " Tony" Pizzo Marker, Centennial Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 28, 2008
2. Anthony P. " Tony" Pizzo Marker, Centennial Park
22, 1912. A graduate from Hillsborough High School, he demonstrated early leadership abilities in organizing the Latin community's most popular teenage social club, taking part in debate clubs and rallying behind the Hillsborough High Terriers as head cheerleader. Pizzo studied for two years at the University of Florida before transferring to Stetson University in Deland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and studied law, education, and history.

Industrious at an early age, Pizzo sold newspapers on Ybor City's streets to earn spending money. At Stetson University, he worked his way through college by waiting on tables, working in the library and selling shoes. In college, he was elected into the Ye Mystic Krewe Fraternity, the most outstanding organization on the campus, membership in which is based on scholarship, leadership and honorary achievements.

A successful businessman after college, Pizzo was the Tampa agent for the Fidelity Mutual Life Assurance Company and served with the military at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland from 1942 to 1944. Then, back in Tampa, he started his own company, International Brands, and later went to work with Tampa Wholesale Liquors and the House of Midulla Inc. He was a founder and first president of the Tampa Bay International Trade Council; Ybor City Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He was the founder of the Tampa
Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo Plaque image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 13, 2010
3. Anthony P. "Tony" Pizzo Plaque
This plaque is mounted on the top of the base of the sculpture. The inscription is identical to that used on the front of the granite base.
Historical Society and credited with the erection of more than 80 historical markers in Ybor City. Pizzo wrote several books, including Tampa Town 1824-1886 and The Italian Heritage in Tampa. He also coauthored Tampa-The Treasure City with history professor Gary Mormino of the USF.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
 
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