Joe Bruno on the Mob – Feds Claim Soprano Actor Had Sit-down With Colombos


This may be a case of where life has imitated art.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Gangs-Crooks-Creeps-ebook/dp/B0058J44QO/ref=zg_bs_11010_1

Federico Castelluccio, who played the imported mob assassin Furio Giunta on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” has allegedly approached the Columbo Crime Family boss Andrew “Andy Mush” Russo to help him recoup a $50,000 investment in a failed restaurant he opened with Gino Pesci, the cousin of actor Joe Pesci. Apparently, Castelluccio first met Russo at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, Orange County, where Russo was doing time, when the actor came to visit an inmate.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors recently indicted Russo and another Colombo mobster, Anthony “Big Anthony” Russo, on charges of conspiring to commit extortion for the alleged plot against Pesci. Yet according to Gino Pesci no extortion ever took place.

Pesci was quoted as saying in Jerry Capeci’s “Gang Land” website (http://www.ganglandnews.com), “There was never any debt, there was never any loan. We were partners in a restaurant that failed. I was never threatened. I should know, since I’m the supposed victim. We opened a pasta takeout restaurant. Then the Atkins diet came out. Then the city put a huge crane that blocked the street. The restaurant got executed, if you will. There’s nothing funny about losing a business. You can’t make this stuff up, but they did. It’s a shame. I really feel bad for Federico.”

Sources also told Gang Land that “Andrew Russo was overheard telling Big Anthony that Pesci owed ‘Furio from the Sopranos’ money. In a conversation secretly tape-recorded by turncoat capo Paul (Paulie Guns) Bevacqua on September 30, 2010, Mush Russo was heard giving Big Anthony instructions to ‘see if you can locate this Gino Pesci to get the money back for my friend.’”

The New Jersey restaurant in question was Attilio’s Pasta Kitchen. After the restaurant closed in 2002, Pesci said he and Castelluccio drifted apart.

“Federico is an incredible artist, but he’s not a businessman. Maybe that’s why he took it harder than the rest,” Pesci said.

The Feds says that Castelluccio got annoyed when, after their restaurant closed, Pesci went on a “spending spree.” In 2006 and 2007, Pesci paid $35,000 to buy 18 acres in the Adirondacks. Pesci then spent thousands more building a cabin, garage and shed on the Adirondacks property. Then in 2008, Pesci moved his other restaurant to as different location in New Jersey, and spent tons of money in renovations.

The Feds claim that when Castelluccio got wind of all the money Pesci was spending, he figured the fifty grand Castelluccio had spent on the failed restaurant was owed to him.

Castelluccio vehemently denies this allegation. He said in a statement, “Gino Pesci has never owed me any money, and therefore, it is hard to imagine why anyone would even think about asking him for anything on my behalf. It never happened. And anyone who claims that it did happen is simply not telling the truth.”

Remember an allegation is just an allegation. And both Russos are innocent until proven guilty. However, the conversations taped by informer Paul (Paulie Guns) Bevacqua could tilt the case in the government’s favor.

In hindsight, maybe Pesci and Castelluccio should have served Dreamfields Pasta in their failed restaurant, instead of the usual high carb pasta. Dreamfields tastes just as good as regular pasta, and is only five carbs per serving. If they had, maybe the restaurant would not have failed and this whole indictment may never taken.

I know about Dreamfields from personal experience. I’ve been eating Dreamfields for the past two years; at least once a week. I lost 25 pounds in the first five months and have kept the weight off since.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/soprano_family_values_KkRaKrcn7mkWrI6DZf2mfJ

‘Soprano’ family values
Show’s co-star ‘turned to Colombos’

By MITCHEL MADDUX

When this “Sopranos” actor got into a jam, he didn’t call Tony — he went straight to the Colombos.

Federico Castelluccio, a k a imported-from-Italy mob enforcer Furio Giunta on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” turned to the real crime family’s acting street boss to help him recoup his investment in a failed New Jersey restaurant — run by none other than the first cousin of on-screen mafioso Joe Pesci, sources told The Post.

The friendship between Castelluccio, an actor and respected painter, and reputed Colombo boss Andrew “Andy Mush” Russo, a self-professed art lover, began years earlier. They met while Russo was doing time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, Orange County, and the actor had come to visit an inmate.

‘MOB’ SCENE: Federico Castelluccio (above), who played Furio Giunta on “The Sopranos,” was involved in a failed New Jersey restaurant with Joe Pesci’s cousin Gino Pesci. The fiasco drove him to seek money from Andrew Russo, sources say.

Then, a few years ago, Castelluccio — a native of Italy who grew up in Paterson — invested $50,000 in a plan to open a tony restaurant.

The moving force behind the project was Gino Pesci, a restaurateur and the cousin of “GoodFellas’’ actor Joe Pesci.

“It was just an awesome concept,” Gino Pesci told The Post of his “fast-casual” eatery in New Brunswick.

But the restaurant, Attilio’s Pasta Kitchen, which opened in 2002, failed and folded two years later.

After the business failure, Pesci acknowledged that he and Castelluccio “drifted apart.”

“Federico is an incredible artist, but he’s not a businessman. Maybe that’s why he took it harder than the rest,” Pesci said.

Their distance may have widened when Pesci went on a spending spree after the restaurant was shuttered, records show.

In 2006 and 2007, he paid $35,000 to buy 18 acres in the Adirondacks, records show.

Pesci then spent thousands more building a cabin, garage and shed amid the pine trees there.

In 2008, more large expenditures followed. He moved his other surviving restaurant into a different building in North Jersey, gutted it and undertook a massive renovation, records show.

Castelluccio was furious that the restaurateur appeared to be living the good life when he felt that Pesci still owed him $50,000 for the failed eatery investment, several sources told The Post.

That’s when he turned to the Colombo crime family to help him get the money back, the sources said.

Russo and another high-level Colombo mobster allegedly plotted last fall how to collect the actor’s money from Pesci, sources said. But before they could put a plan in motion, they were busted by FBI agents in a mass sweep involving that alleged plot and other crimes in January.

Castelluccio showed up at Russo’s bail hearing in Brooklyn.

At the time, he told The Post, “I’m just here to show support for a friend.”

Castelluccio declined to be interviewed for this article, only releasing a carefully worded statement saying:

“Gino Pesci has never owed me any money, and therefore, it is hard to imagine why anyone would even think about asking him for anything on my behalf. It never happened. And anyone who claims that it did happen is simply not telling the truth.”

Brooklyn federal prosecutors indicted Andrew Russo and the other Colombo mobster on charges of conspiring to commit extortion for the alleged plot against Pesci, according to court documents and several sources.

Castelluccio has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Russo is currently in a federal detention center awaiting trial. His lawyer, George Galgano, flatly denied that his client was involved in a plot to shake down Pesci.

Joe Pesci — whom Gino said he sees about once a year — did not return a call for comment.

mmaddux@nypost.com

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

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One Response to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Feds Claim Soprano Actor Had Sit-down With Colombos”

  1. this man has always been professional. I would find it very hard to believe that he would do anything that is above the law. He has a beautiful and intelligent wife and children that i would bet my last dollar on that he would NOT jeopardize them for … Money is not his God . He is a simple man that takes care of his family …
    People always need drama . this guy is a no bs guy .. he doesn’t need the drama .

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