Joe Bruno on the Mob – Lucali Pizzeria Should Be Re-Named Wiseguy’s Pizzeria

 

What toppings are they putting on the pizza in Lucali in Brooklyn? Anabolic steroids.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Gangs-Crooks-Creeps-ebook/dp/B006H99D1U/ref=zg_bs_11010_5

First of all, just because Jay-Z goes to Lucali doesn’t make it a great pizzeria. Celebrity pizzeria? Maybe. But only if Frank Sinatra frequents the joint. Dean Martin too.

It seems that Dominick “Black Dom” Dionisio, a former employee at Lucali, is a Columbo crime family associate, and has been for 20 years. (I’ll bet dollars to donuts “Black Dom” wasn’t flipping pies at Lucali. Nor do I think he was a a waiter either. The only time guys like Black Dom wait on people, is when they are waiting to rob them, or smash a few fingers.)

It also seems that “Black Dom” is catching a break from the prosecutors. This week, Black Dom pleaded guilty to a 1991 robbery of an employee of the Magen David Yeshiva on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn. Black Dom said he stole cash and checks worth more than $50,000. For his guilty plea, the DA is dropping an attempted murder charges against Dionisio for allegedly trying to whack two mobsters from a rival Colombo faction during the Colombos’ internal family war in the early 1990s.

When Black Dom is sentenced next January, he will get anywhere from 70-87 months in the slammer from Judge Dora Irizarry. That means Black Dom has a few months to earn a few bucks to get him through his stretch in the can. Maybe he’ll be working at Lucali again. But I kinda doubt it.

Black Dom is not the only mobster who’s been associated with Lucali. Lucali’s owner Mark Iacono was in a recent knife fight with Gambino crime family associate Benny Geritano, Both guys were sliced up worst than an eight-slice pizza pie. Both lived, and both, abiding to the code of the streets, refused to identify the other man as his fellow combatant. So the charges have been dropped against both.

Sadly, Bad Benny is going to jail for an unrelated offense: bank robbery, or something guys like him frequently do.

As for me, I’m staying clear of Lucali. If Jay-Z is the best brand of person you’re going to meet at Lucali, I’ll stick to Lombardi’s in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Lombardi’s has the best pizza in the five boroughs.

The below article appeared in the New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/mobster_pleads_guilty_to_yeshiva_5qKm2wS2vmQ0B1wbRZ5ufP

Mobster pleads guilty to $50K Yeshiva heist
By MITCHEL MADDUX

A Colombo crime family associate who worked at a Brooklyn celebrity pizzeria pleaded guilty today to robbing a yeshiva of more than $50,000.
Dominick “Black Dom” Dionisio was employed until recently at Lucali, the Carroll Gardens eatery loved by Jay-Z and other celebs.

In a deal with the feds, Dionisio pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and admitted his role in the yeshiva heist and several other gunpoint robberies.

As a consequence, the feds will drop attempted murder charges against Dionisio for allegedly trying to assassinate two mobsters from a rival Colombo faction during the crime family’s internecine war in the early 1990s.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors had believed that Dionisio and an accomplice opened fire in broad daylight on a crowded New York street, injuring one of the rival wiseguys and some innocent passersby.

On Wednesday, the 41-year-old mobster told Judge Dora Irizarry that in 1991 he had waylayed an employee of the Magen David Yeshiva on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn and stole cash and checks worth more than $50,000.

Dionisio, who’s been a Colombo associate for 20 years, also admitted in Brooklyn federal court that he robbed Hispanic marijuana traffickers in Baltimore, Maryland, in the late 1990s.

The mobster donned a bulletproof vest and wielding an automatic weapon in those drug heists, the feds say.

He will face a prison term of 70-87 months when he is sentenced by the judge in January.

Dionisio’s former employer at Lucali, pizza whiz Mark Iacono, engaged in a knife duel this spring with Gambino crime family associate Benny Geritano, authorities said.

Although both Iacono and Geritano were badly injured the fight, the case evaporated after neither man agreed to testify before a state grand jury.

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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