Tony Prinzo

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Antonio "Tony" Prinzo was born in Capizzi, Sicily in Italy on October 1, 1948. He immigrated to Ottawa at 16 years old. A born entrepreneur, Tony found work only a few days after arriving. He learned English and some French, and was soon recruited by the prestigious Château Laurier. After refining his skills in high end service in the hospitality sector, he opened his own business at 21 years old, the Rideau Café. Building on his success and experience, Tony expanded his company, opening the Il Tabacchino Smoke Shop, Le Petit Salon Hair Salon, and finally, Prinzo Fine Catering. Tony met his beloved wife, the late Susanna "Susy" (Vogrig) Prinzo, thanks to his catering business. Tony and Susan ran the company together for 43 years, serving Canadian government leaders, including prime ministers, military generals, and Governors General, as well as important foreign dignitaries. Tony is dedicated to promoting the Italian culture of which he is immensely proud. He was an original founder of Italian Week in Ottawa, a founder of Società Sicula, Chairman of the Carnevale Italiano, as well as a member of the Italian-Canadian Business Association, Centro Giovanile, and National Congress of Italian Canadians. He was honoured with the Ottawa Centre Canadian Leadership Award for his significant contribution to the community through his business and volunteer activities. Tony is a dedicated father to his three children, Carmela, Nadia and Giacomo.