Instrument maker Francis Augustus Pizzala was born about 1813 in Como. He moved to London in 1830. From 1840 to 1846 he ran his business as a maker of high-quality optical instruments at no. 7 Charles Street, Hatton Garden, before moving to no. 19 Hatton Garden. In 1838, at the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, Pizzala took on young Como-born Henry Negretti as an apprentice glassblower. The latter would find fame as the co-founder of the firm Negretti & Zambra fame. He retired in 1853 and died in 1883. His son Francis Augustus Pizzala was recorded as working as a looking-glass manufacturer between 1854 and 1860 from no. 19 Hatton Garden. In May 1869 he and his partner Matthew Charles Greene were declared bankrupt.