The new Italian restaurant called “Corleone” in Paris is causing controversy — because it’s named after the real town in Sicily “The Godfather” is based on, and it’s owned by the daughter of the town’s real Mafia boss, according to reports.
Lucia Riina — daughter of the late Cosa Nostra kingpin Salvatore Riina — is being accused of trying to capitalize financially on the infamy of her murderous father by trying to attract customers with his hometown’s name, The Guardian reported.
“Discover real Italian-Sicilian cuisine in a [cozy] and elegant place,” an advertisement on the restaurant’s Facebook page reads, according to the report.
Salvatore Riina, who was known as the “Boss of Bosses,” led a criminal empire out of Sicily for decades until his arrest in the early 1990s. He died in 2017 at the age of 87.
Riina, called the Beast for his ruthlessness, was perhaps best known for ordering the bombing assassinations of two Italian magistrates after the government vowed to crack down on the mafia in 1992, The New York Times reported.
After word of the eatery spread, the news drew criticism in Italy, where the Riina’s children have claimed poverty after the boss’ bust, the Guardian said. In recent days, they have been asked to reimburse the government some $2 million for the cost of his incarceration.
The family has already been accused of trying to capitalize on this name in the past.
Soon after his death, another one of his daughters launched a coffee company branded with his nickname “Uncle Toto.”
The coffee company was shut down soon after being exposed by Italian media, according to the report.