"Tony Russo came to the United States with only a dollar in his pocket and couldn’t speak a lick of English, but next month he and his family are celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most well-known restaurants on the Boardwalk," according to The Dispatch.

"Russo, owner of Tony’s Pizza, came to the U.S. with his mother at the age of 19 in November of 1960 from Sicily.

When Russo arrived in the U.S., he worked at the Squire Café in Dundalk and by 1962 he came to Ocean City and opened Tony’s Pizza on 1st Street and the Boardwalk where they “had it all”, meaning the menu included pizza, subs, sandwiches and even breakfast. That location closed in 1968.

During that time, Russo returned to Dundalk and opened a Tony’s Pizza in 1964 on Wise Avenue and kept that location open until 1972."

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