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Social Club Wined and Dined Sinatra, Mobsters and the Feds (Italian American Social Club)
Los Angeles Times ^ | August 3, 2013 | John M. Glionna

Posted on 08/07/2013 5:34:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The Italian American Social Club, once frequented by Chicago and New York crime families, is looking for new blood — as patrons, not targets.

It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own.

Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member.

Just like the old days.

Over more than five decades, the venerable social club and restaurant on Sahara Avenue, a few miles east of The Strip, has seen its good times and bad: Sinatra was once a member here and Dino (Martin) and Perry (Como) often joined him onstage. But there were also times marked by poor management and the constant battle against the perception (mostly by the federal government) that the place was a perilous mob hangout.

So, were there ever "made" guys in the house?

President Angelo Cassaro smiles. You bet, he says.

Was the joint ever, uh, dangerous?

Never. (Well, almost.)

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


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1 posted on 08/07/2013 5:34:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Too many Americans are stupid enough to believe the Hollywood glorifications of corruption.


2 posted on 08/07/2013 6:28:14 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

Of Italian blood, I was there 2 years ago during Columbus Day as an invite here in L.A. I think every Italian actor was there for the booze. From Rob Davi to the De laurentiis clan.


3 posted on 08/07/2013 7:13:57 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

Thanks. So we know that it’s not all gangsters.


4 posted on 08/07/2013 7:45:50 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

Heck, no...maybe. Either way, it’s just a club where you can talk as men, and not as fags. If you want gangsters, join the L.A. Athletic Club ;)


5 posted on 08/07/2013 7:54:13 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

I was referring to TV movies, by the way. Once lived in an Italian community. The older folks didn’t like the movies or the gangsters of the past. And not all of the gangsters were or are of Italian descent.


6 posted on 08/07/2013 7:56:31 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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