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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mark Iacono, pizzeria owner stabbed by mobster friend, faces assault charges for knife fight

Mark Iacono inside his famous pizzeria in Brooklyn.
Mark Iacono inside his famous pizzeria in Brooklyn.
The knife used in the stabbing.
The knife used in the stabbing.
A knife-wielding celebrity pizzeria owner was busted for felony assault Saturday after a Brooklyn street fight with a reputed mob associate who sliced him up.

Mark Iacono, 43, whose clientele includes Jay-Z and wife Beyonce, was carrying his own blade when second-generation gangster Benny Geritano began hacking at the restaurateur, a law enforcement source told the Daily News.

Iacono - who remains hospitalized - was charged around 10 a.m., with a police report stating that he "did stab (Geritano) with intent to cause physical injury."

A large kitchen knife was found at the bloody stabbing scene, while authorities believe Geritano fled with his knife.

"Geritano's weapon has been described as a small knife, and Iacono's weapon as a big knife," the source said.

The source indicated both combatants were blaming the other for the Friday afternoon fight, and neither was too cooperative with police.

"No one is giving up a reason," the source said. "These are a couple of hard guys, neighborhood guys."

Geritano, 38, whose stepfather was a close associate of Gambino boss John (Teflon Don) Gotti, was due in Brooklyn Criminal Court for arraignment later Saturday.

Iacono, who suffered multiple stab wounds to his throat, back and legs, could be arraigned by video from his bed at Lutheran Medical Center.

Witnesses said blood sprayed everywhere after the Friday afternoon fight on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens. Iacono lost a lot of blood, but was recovering Saturday.

Geritano fled the scene, and was arrested when he went to Long Island College Hospital with cuts on his hands, sources said.

Iacono earned his gaudy reputation with pizza hailed as the best in the city by Zagat's. His Henry St. eatery was also ranked as the No. 2 pizzeria in the country by GQ magazine.

Ex-con Geritano, who beat a 1991 murder rap, remains on probation and was doing construction work in the neighborhood before the stabbing, the source said.



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