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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Restaurant owner knocked up my wife and paid $50G to live, mobster testifies at Vinny Gorgeous trial


Mobster Salvatore Volpe (right) testified in murder trial of Vinny Gorgeous (left) on Tuesday.
Mobster Salvatore Volpe (right) testified in murder trial of Vinny Gorgeous (left) on Tuesday.


A saucy Staten Island restaurateur who impregnated a Bonanno crime associate's wife had two choices once word got out about the bun in the oven: Pay with his life or cough up a lot of dough.
Cuckolded gangster Salvatore Volpe testified Tuesday that the unidentified restaurateur shelled out $50,000 to escape getting whacked - with $10,000 of the amount going to a Garden State crime family for brokering the deal.
"Instead of [the restaurant owner] getting killed, he'd have to pay a tax," Volpe said in Brooklyn Federal Court at the murder trial of Bonanno boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano. "It was basically a penalty."
In his debut as a government witness, Volpe dished about the "Sopranos"-like breakup with his wife after learning of her affair with the owner of Trattoria Romana restaurant on Hylan Blvd. and her attempt to pass off her unborn child as Volpe's.
The mobster said he didn't initially seek counsel from a divorce lawyer, but from his crew leader, Bonanno soldier John Palazzolo.
Palazzolo confronted the gigolo, who also didn't lawyer up but, through a contact, reached out for protection from the New Jersey-based DeCavalcante crime family, according to Volpe.
While the DeCavalcantes believed the restaurant owner should have been killed in his trattoria's basement, the Bonannos sought a more realistic ending to the daddy drama.
They agreed on a $50,000 tax - and the DeCavalcantes kept $10,000 for changing their minds about killing the guy they were supposed to protect.
The tax was a welcome sum for Volpe, who testified that aside from the homes of a capo and his daughters, the Bonannos barely steered any work to his plumbing business.
Volpe's testimony is part of the case against Basciano, who is accused of ordering the hit on Randolph Pizzolo.
The mob rat said on the stand that Pizzolo had once taken $5,000 from him.
Volpe also testified Pizzolo sealed his death warrant after drunkenly boasting in a Queens restaurant that he was going to "level the Bronx" in retaliation for not getting inducted into the crime family. That was a reference to Basciano, who was the acting boss in 2004 and based in the Bronx.
Volpe said there was also discussion of whacking defense lawyer Gerard Marrone after he proposed himself for membership in the Bonannos.
But Marrone said Tuesday he never asked to join the crime family.


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