Giannini Crew

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Giannini Crew

Postby Skinny Vinny on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:27 pm

Does anyone here remember the Giannini Crew? They operated out of Ridgewood, Queens, and made headlines a lot in the mid-90's.
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby crazy joe on Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:37 pm

One could have become a boss. And not many had balls like him, his name ,Vito Guzzo.
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby Skinny Vinny on Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:09 pm

I don't remember Guzzo so much. He must've kept a low profile. I remember Tabbita, Sciacca, Ragusa, Bartolotta, and a few others. I think Tabbita turned informant, and may already be out of prison, but I can't confirm that.

I grew up in Ridgewood, so I like Ridgewood mob stories. I went to elementary school with all these guys, so it's strange knowing them as kids, and seeing them in the headlines.

Paul Ragusa went on the lam, and made the FBI top-10. He dyed his hair orange and went to Atlantic City, when the reds knew he liked the casinos anyway, so it was not hard to notice him.

I'd also like to know if anyone remembers a hit at Licata's on Forest Ave?
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby Skinny Vinny on Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:01 am

So as I continue reading up on the Giannini's, I notice the media sometimes uses the term "wanna-be", to describe this crew. Really? They commited murder, armed robbery, arson, extortion, etc........ I think they're pretty much legit in that sense.

The Ragusa's are a fascinating family. The father, Filippo, owned a pastry shop somewhere in Ridgewood, and was part of the famous Pizza Connection. He went on the lam in 1983, and didn't resurface until 1989. At that point, he did 8 years in prison.

When Filippo got out, his son, Paul, then went on the lam for 1 1/2 years, until turning himself in fearing the feds would bring charges against his father and sister(Francesca) for lying. It's said that a young Paul watched his dad slide out the back door of the pastry shop when the feds came knocking in 1983. Guess he learned from his dad at a young age.

Where could Filippo have been for six years? Paul for 1 1/2? Interesting. Is there a network where mobsters can go to hide?
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby Skinny Vinny on Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:49 am

Does anyone know the name of Salvatore Catalano's pizzeria or bakery in the Ridgewood section of Queens?

Old newspaper articles say that he had such businesses in the area when he ran Knickerbocker, but don't give names. I know there's a Catalano's bakery on Metropolitan in Middle Village. If this is related to the famous Sal Catalano, let me know, I'll go buy cookies and bread there in a heartbeat.

In fact, if anyone can name any mobbed up bakeries or pizzerias in that area, it would be appreciated.
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby PK2 on Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:55 pm

seemore wrote:Didn't Vito Guzzo get life, or something like 37 year sentance? He wa s up on murder charges some years ago, and I think he was convicted. Most of that group were kids who just fucked around a bit, amost all went legit. Guzzo was not really part of that group, he was with made guys, may have been one himself.



At one time, Vito Guzzo was locked up in Marion. 23 hour a day lock down. Now he is in SCHUYLKILL FCI. he's now 44, and his release date is 2030.
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Re: Giannini Crew

Postby Skinny Vinny on Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:04 am

For some reason, I don't think Guzzo was made.

Yes, some of those Giannini guys went legit(I mean real jobs when I say legit). I was suprised to see the name Natale Mule being involved in a shooting. His dad owned a butcher shop a block away from Giannini, and did not come from a bad family.

Anthony Tabbita, who ratted, came from a family that had some businesses on Forest Ave. Mamma Mia pizza was one of those businesses. Same with Ragusa. His family had a bakery. In both cases, they could've just stayed with their family businesses, and never killed a single person.

Sadly, the gangsta lifestyle is glamorized, and becomes a trap for young Italian-Americans. Let's hope it's not passed down to another generation.

Tabbita is probably out of jail after ratting.

Anyone know the name of the bakery Sal Catalano was said to own?

Also, anyone remember when there was a shooting at Licata's Cafe on Forest Ave in the early 80's?
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