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Tampa Pizzo and Castellano's deli is shutting down. "Thanks for 125 great years." What happened?

gfr1111 Dec 28, 2012 12:29 PM

I saw on the news last night that Pizzo and Castellano's of Tampa, an outstanding Italian deli and cheese shop, is closing at the end of the year, after 125 years in business. It breaks my heart when one of these Tampa institutions suddenly shuts down. Does anyone know why this is happening?

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  1. sunshine842 RE: gfr1111 Dec 28, 2012 01:14 PM

    No answers, just adding my voice to the mourning (although I'm pretty sure it's Castellano & Pizzo)

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      gfr1111 RE: sunshine842 Dec 28, 2012 01:28 PM

      Yeah, you're right. I got the name wrong. Thanks.

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      CFishman RE: gfr1111 Dec 28, 2012 01:31 PM

      Geoffrey, they made very good sandwiches and I will miss them. You could see things falling off over the last couple of years. The selection got smaller and the place started to age. Oh well, we still have Wright's and Cacciatore for sandwiches. Mazzaro's for you, I guess.

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        RibDog RE: gfr1111 Dec 28, 2012 07:45 PM

        Well, there is always the possibility that it is the same reason as so many places like this close up and that is that maybe the next generation did not want to continue on with the business. Just a guess on my part.

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          gfr1111 RE: RibDog Dec 29, 2012 08:48 AM

          Well, based on the article from deet13, I guess it was sold some time ago and the family that had it for over a hundred years is no longer in the picture. It's the new people who closed it down. What a shame.

        2. deet13 RE: gfr1111 Dec 28, 2012 08:12 PM

          Here's a link to the article in the TBO about this...

          Unfortunately the article doesn't offer any real info.

          It's a shame. I can remember going to the old store down in Ybor City when I was a kid.

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