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Thursday, February 18, 2016

The mafia ties of Big Ang from Mob Wives

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola of "Mob Wives" was the niece of the low-key captain of the Genovese crime family, Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi.
"Mob Wives" star "Big Ang" wasn't actually married to the mob — but rather a niece of it.
Brooklyn-born Angela Raiola “Big Ang” tragically lost her battle with cancer early Thursday at age 55.
Raiola, who later moved to Staten Island, was the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family.
She managed and owned several Mafia hangouts throughout the years. Most recently, she owned the bar "Drunken Monkey" in Staten Island with her cousin, Sally Dogs' daughter, Sallyann Lombardi.
"She is what many consider a 'mob moll.' Owning many Mafia hangouts over the years, she became like "one of the guys" — even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all," Raiola’s VH1 bio reads.
"She is like a character straight from the movie 'Goodfellas' and lives by the lifestyle code."
Salvatore Lombardi was arrested in 1992 at age 51. He was the uncle of "Big Ang" of "Mob Wives" who died on Thursday morning.
Salvatore Lombardi was arrested in 1992 at age 51. He was the uncle of "Big Ang" of "Mob Wives" who died on Thursday morning.
There are no reports of Raiola being married to a Mafia man, but she had said she dated "wiseguys" or crime-connected men in the past. VH1 noted that the larger-than-life personality has dated many gangsters.
Her uncle was a low-key captain of the Genovese family — one of the five families in New York Mafia.
The capo was so low-key that not much information is available about him. His crew operated out of the Gravesend section of Brooklyn and dealt heavy drugs.
Lombardi was first arrested in 1979 for conspiring to manufacture and sell Quaaludes. He was imprisoned in 1992 after wiretap surveillance of his home telephone in Brooklyn led authorities to discover he was planning to obtain a large quantity of heroin.
After serving 22 years in jail, he died in 2009.
Raiola spoke of her uncle on the television show, according got the book "The Men Behind Mob Wives." She recalled fond memories and remembered him as a "good guy."
"Sally Dogs" was close friends with fellow "Mob Wives" cast member Karen Gravano's father Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.
Gravano was an underboss of the Gambino crime family and is credited with ratting out and bringing down the family's infamous boss, John Gotti.
Alicia DiMichele Garofalo of “Mob Wives” is married to Edward “The Tall Guy” Garofalo of the Colombo crime family. “The Tall Guy’s” father was allegedly killed by Sammy The Bull.
Other mob-connected cast members include Renee Graziano, the daughter of Anthony Graziano — a high ranking member of La Cosa Nostra.
Drita D’Avanzo of “Mob Wives” is married to Lee D’Avanzo — an alleged leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team.
Ramona Rizzo appeared in seasons two and three and is the granddaughter of the infamous Benjamin Ruggiero “Lefty Guns.” Her granddad was portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie “Donnie Brasco.”



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