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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pizzeria waiter with mob ties is busted for torching car leased by owner of rival eatery

Gino Gabrielli (r.) leaves Brooklyn Federal Court with his lawyer Joseph DiBenedetto on charges of torching a Mercedes Benz.

It was a pizza war, and the waiter got burned.

A Queens pizzeria waiter with alleged ties to organized crime was busted Wednesday for torching a luxury car leased by the owner of a rival eatery in a dispute over a catering job.

Gino Gabrielli, 22, also set himself on fire in the process and showed up at Jamaica Hospital emergency room Dec. 5 with an incredible story that he had burned his leg by knocking over a pot of chicken and rice cooking on the stove in his house.

 Fire marshals investigating the torching of a 2014 Mercedes Benz only 20 minutes earlier, checked with Gabrielli's mother who told them that there was fire at their home, and not even dirty dishes in the sink, according to the complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

John Gotti (r.) arrives at court on Feb. 9, 1990.

"Hospital officials reported that the defendant's clothing reeked of gasoline when he arrived at the hospital," FBI agent Paul Tambrino stated in the complaint.

Investigators learned that the destroyed vehicle belonged to the owner of Sofia's Pizzeria on Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park who apparently took a $1,300 catering order away from Gabrielli's grandfather, Aldo Calore, who is the longtime owner of Aldo's Pizzeria on Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.

"That's certainly not true," defense lawyer Joseph DiBenedetto said after Gabrielli was released on $700,000 bail.

Besides his grandfather, the bail bond was signed by Gabrielli's sister Eleanor, who dates John Gotti, Jr., the grandson of the late Gambino boss John Gotti and the son of Peter Gotti.

Prosecutor Nadia Moore said she would provide Gabrielli with a list of organized crime members that he cannot associate with, as a condition of his release.



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