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PIZZATO AMERICANS

Updated April 21, 2006

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For the future generations, the history of the PIZZATO Linage offers the treasure of those that came before. New to America, they left their homeland in Italy and embraced the young country with vigor. The language and customs of the Old country were set aside and pride of their new home was evidensed in their learning English and adjusting to a strange way of life. The charm of their roots were maintained while perfecting the American way-of-life. The holiness and traditions of their Catholic Faith were intwined in their citizenship as they studied and prepared to become Americans. Even the children born in America after their arrival, were not encouraged to learn to speak Italian. Quite the opposite, they were only allowed to speak English because it was their birthright. As a result, James Vincent Pizzato never spoke Italian conversationally, but knew the phrases and catch words that he'd hear from his parents, Louie and Frances.

Their struggles in America consisted of so many trials that they relied heavily on their sacrifice and enginuity, eventually building rich and productive lives for their heirs. Some resorted to the old associations of the Mafia while others took a new path in the new world. The PIZZATO branches of this limb settled in Long Beach California where Louie Pizzato was hired and worked for the Ford Motor Company on Terminal Island until his death in 1963. He never owned an automobile but his home on Daisy Avenue was built in 1946 was the habitat of love and shelter to many throughout the years.

Three Italian Families bought adjacent lots and construction was started on all three. After World War II there was available materials and the cost of building their homes was about $1200.00. Son James who attended St. Anthony's Catholic School would walk the miles when school was out to help his father reenforce every nail everyday. Frances Rocco, a young mother with all the historical homemaking abilities and skills, devoted her existence to the new sonm the new home in the new land of the American Dream. Learning the new language and the Constitution was proof of how eager they were to become Americans first.

For years because of the Italian collaboration with Germany during World War II, these imegrant people were restriced to a three mile radius of their homes. With celebration and jubilation their stories were told of how they "became Citizens" with great pride.






 
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