Anthony Taranto

Taranto’s Seafood (CLOSED) Apalachicola, FL

Anthony Taranto is the son of Italian immigrants. His parents, Joseph and Madeline Taranto, met in Apalachicola. In 1923 they opened their own seafood house, Taranto’s Seafood. Anthony was born nine years later. As a kid, Anthony remembers his father employing more than fifty shuckers, mostly African Americans. When he was old enough, he helped pack shrimp. They would pour the shrimp into wooden barrels, pack them with ice, and send them to New York on a train. Anthony took over his father’s seafood business as an adult. But today Taranto’s Seafood is closed. Anthony retired in the late 1990s. No one else in the family wanted to take it over. The building still stands on Water Street in downtown Apalachicola. Anthony rents the waterfront access to some commercial fishermen. The building is empty, but the story of Taranto’s Seafood is still very much connected to life on the bay.

Date of interview:

December 2, 2005

Interviewer:

Amy Evans

Photographer:

Amy Evans


I don’t eat oysters. I'll eat them fried. And they got to be fried crisp. I don't eat raw oysters. I don't like them in a casserole. I don't like an oyster stew. I was the only one in the family that just didn't acquire a taste for them. Everybody else loves them. But that's the way it goes.

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