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Old 06-27-2020, 12:01 PM
 
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A few years ago, I was eating at Moon Palace in Chinatown (which is a crew of the Outfit: The 26th Street/Chinatown crew), and I just struck up a conversation with 2 Italian men... And in the conversation I worked in some talk about the Outfit, and mentioned some names, like Joe Lombardo... You can tell that although Italians are Italians, they sometimes tend to favor their particular neighborhood.

One of these guys gave me his business card, and took me over to the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club (which I never went in because you need a membership), and he introduced me to a guy that took me inside and showed me around. It was very cool, knowing that the owner was a very feared mobster and I'm sure some "business" took place inside those walls.

Every once in a while when I would go into the Italian areas and the "connected" establishments, I would drop that guy's name and show them his business card. People knew him, that I do remember.

I've always enjoyed my times in the Italian areas. To date, however, I have not discovered any in Cicero or Berwyn.... Berwyn? I've been to Paisan's and Lalo's. Doubtful there's any of the Outfit's hand in those 2 places, but cool places to go to!

The driving force behind the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club (ONIAC) was Angelo La Pietra. He was also known as 'The Hook.'


In 1986, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to conceal ownership in a syndicate-controlled Las Vegas casino. La Pietra was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in a federal facility.


While serving time in prison, La Pietra received a plaque from Ald. Danny Solis (25th Ward) for his leadership and commitment to the community (Bridgeport/Chinatown). This reward recognized him and the ONIAC members as "decision makers."

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Old 06-28-2020, 07:13 AM
 
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Danny Solis, anyone seen him lately? Lol
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Nearwest, yes I heard the hook suspected someone of stealing food there and apparently was trying to catch someone in the act, while carrying a shotgun....I gotta think it's much calmer there, these days
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:17 PM
 
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In the 1980's and into the 1990's, there used to be several adult establishments/strip clubs that were along the Cicero Ave. strip in Cicero. Those were definitely run by the outfit.
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Toria T, you may know where the Grand Avenue Crew has had their business meetings held? I will say: It is on Grand Avenue. A very popular restaurant and bar on the corner.
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:32 PM
 
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Yes I am aware of that one.
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:41 PM
 
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ToriaT, my man! Have a good day!
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