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Where there's pizza, there's mafia


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Where there's pizza, there's mafia

bob96 | Jul 23, 2010 11:33 PM

Interesting but probably not entirely surprising report in today's La Repubblica on organized crime control of bars and restaurants in Italy--some 5000 (at least) out of 115,000 total establishments. I'm guessing CHers would not typically guest these spots (some of which were opened but never had customers), most all of which were money laundering gimmicks. In Sicily, the mafia business is also in "pizzo" or extorting food businesses, sometimes for thousands of euros/year each. The owner of the famed Antica Foccacceria San Francesco in Palermo has been a vocal opponent of this squeeze. Article's in Italian, but worth it for the names alone. As Don Tommasino advised Michael Corleone, newly exiled in Sicily, "A cura"--be careful.

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