Dining with the mob
Urban legend had it when I first moved to Baltimore that Little Italy was so safe because the Mafia wouldn't let any petty criminals hurt the restaurant business there. I figured this was a rumor started by the restaurants themselves because it made the neighborhood more interesting. It's not something I've heard about or thought about in years, though. Until our Shallow Thought Guru John Lindner's guest post today. EL
My former hometown, Milwaukee, has (or had) Mafia restaurants. (Piano Rob, if you’re listening, am I right or am I right?)
They didn’t advertise the connection, but people knew. Some restaurants bore the family name of alleged mob bosses, though I don’t know if said restaurants were mob owned and operated. In fact, the places in question may have simply been hangouts.
One common distinctive: they were all good. In one of these joints, you could not go wrong.
Another key attraction was celebrity mobster sightings.
I’ve never heard of such restaurants in Baltimore. Is it omerta? Or do we not have them?