The daughter of a famous Sicilian mafia boss opened a restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris called Corleone.
Lucia Riina, a painter and the youngest child of the late “Patron of Bosses” Salvatore “Totò” Riina, named the establishment after her father’s hometown and the crime family in the award-winning trilogy of Godfather films. Francis Ford Coppola.
“Experience real Italian-Sicilian cuisine in a comfortable and stylish place,” the ad said on a Facebook page.
Nicknamed the Beast due to his cruelty, Salvatore Riina was an unrepentant criminal who not only murdered his criminal rivals on an unprecedented scale in the ’80s and’ 90s, but also targeted prosecutors, journalists and judges who sought to get in his way. He is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, including a 13-year-old boy who was kidnapped, strangled and dissolved in acid. Riina was serving 26 life sentences when she died of cancer in November 2017.
News of the restaurant’s opening drew criticism in Italy. Riina’s family are said to be in financial trouble after much of their property was confiscated, with her son-in-law pleading poverty and begging for money online.
Yesterday, the Sicilian tax agency asked Riina’s family to pay the € 2million (£ 1.8million) it cost to keep him in prison for 24 years until his death.
The law expressly excludes the costs of detention extending to members of the detainee’s family. There must have been a mistake, ”Riina’s family lawyer Luca Cianferoni told reporters.
This is not the first time that Riina’s family members have taken advantage of Sicily’s ancient image as a mob paradise or their father’s name for their marketing strategy.
Less than a month after Totò’s death, another of his daughters, Concetta Riina, attempted to trade her infamy with a line of espresso products bearing her name. Concetta set up an online espresso store named Uncle Totò and said she was accepting pre-orders for espresso pods in order to raise funds after police seized the family’s savings. The online store disappeared shortly after being exposed by Italian media.
“This is totally unacceptable,” the mayor of the Sicilian town of Corleone, Nicolò Nicolosi, told the Guardian. “It is not fair that members of a family who killed the image of this city, a family who killed dozens of Corleonesi and Sicilians use the name of our city for economic benefits and to earn money. money. “
Lucia Riina declined to comment.