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History of Tony's Pizza City

Tony's Pizza City, now in it's second generation of ownership, is celebrating 50 years in business in 2012! Read the full story and watch the video!

We are a family-owned, owner-operated business that still does things the good old fashioned way; our pizza is made from scratch, in the same way it was made by my parents when they opened the business in 1962.

We pride ourselves in providing quality food at an affordable price and complete customer satisfaction.

It all began in 1962, when Tony and Guilia, my parents, purchased Pizza City from my dad's cousin.

Anthony Iaquinto Sr.My dad, then a refrigeration mechanic for Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, got a moonlighting job at the pizza shop to help out his cousin and to bring in some much needed "extra" money.

After spending some time in the business, he found that he really enjoyed dealing with the customers and developed many friendships. That is when he decided to make the move to purchase the business. It was then aptly named, Tony and Guilia's Pizza City.

My dad was born in Camden, NJ. and my mom in Vietri de Potenza, Italy, a world apart.

Guilia IaquintoDuring a trip to Italy to visit family, my dad, then a WWII veteran, met my mom. They fell in love, and before leaving Italy to return to the U.S., they were married. He then brought her home to Philadelphia to start their new life together.

Three kids later, and settled into his job as a refrigeration mechanic at Jefferson, he took the leap into the pizza business, and everyone, as they came of age was put to work. A surprise fourth child was born, and they all juggled raising the baby and working the business. It was hard work, long hours and happy times.

My parents continued to work the business until 1989, when my dad retired. His retirement didn't last long, as he missed being with people. He then worked as a school bus driver until he suddenly passed away in 1992.

My mom and I continued to run the business until her semi-retirement in 2002, when my wife, Marianne and I purchased the business. My mom, now in her 80's continues to work with me on Saturday's and when extra help is needed.

I now keep the family tradition going by maintaining the quality, standards and customer service set forth by my parents. It is my pleasure to continue to serve the customers who have been there from the beginning, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tony Iaquinto

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