Nilla Pizzi, stage name of Adionilla Pizzi (Italian: [(adjo)ˈnilla ˈpittsi]; 16 April 1919 – 12 March 2011), was an Italian singer.

Nilla Pizzi
Background information
Birth nameAdionilla Negrini Pizzi[1]
Born(1919-04-16)16 April 1919
Sant'Agata Bolognese
Died12 March 2011(2011-03-12) (aged 91)[2]
GenresPop, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Years active1940–2011
LabelsItaldisc, EMI, Ricordi, Columbia, Cetra
Associated actsGiorgio Consolini, Gino Latilla

Born in Sant'Agata Bolognese, she was particularly famous in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s. She won the first edition of the San Remo Festival in 1951, singing "Grazie dei fiori", and the second edition (1952), with "Vola colomba". Her hits include "Papaveri e papere", the original version of "Poppa Piccolino".


  1. ^ Marcello Giannotti (2001). L'enciclopedia di Sanremo (Encyclopedia of San Remo) (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Gremese.
  2. ^ "Nilla Pizzi". The Independent. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2020.