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Thou Shalt Not Steal Pizza Sauce Recipe in NYC

It’s Sunday which means we make sauce in our house. You can find my mother’s meatball recipe here and some of my sauce recipes and basic pasta here. But, this week on Food Nation Radio Network we came across a story about how protective Italians can be of their sauce recipes. You can hear that audio here:

Two families in New York went to blows over sauce and pizza recipes used at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn. Frank Russo, a former Columbo mafia mob boss, accused an associate of the Bonanno family, Eugene Lombardo of stealing the pizza sauce recipe from the popular L&B restaurant. Lombardo’s sons were employees of L&B and gave Lombardo access to the food storage area in the restaurant, where he was caught looking at the flour they use to make pizza.

Russo along with associates, Francis Guerra and Frank Iannaci went to the rival restaurant, The Square in Staten Island, to confront Lombardo. At the restaurant was a sign that read, “L&B-Style Pizza”. A confrontation ensued, culminating in Iannaci slapping Lombardo.

Money was eventually exchanged for the use of the recipes and Guerra is now on trail for extortion. Source: Daily Mail.

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.