Rainbow Room Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani and his father have pleaded guilty to evading $10 million in state and city taxes.

Along with the famous Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, Cipriani operates Harry Cipriani downtown, Cipriani Dolci at Grand Central Terminal, and Cipriani 42nd Street.

Giuseppe and Arrigo Cipriani, along with their corporation, admitted in Manhattan's state Supreme Court today to knowingly filing falsified tax returns for 2003 and 2004.

Last month, Dennis Pappas, a reputed mob money adviser who was vice president of Cipriani USA, was sentenced to prison for cheating Social Security and three insurance companies out of more than $1 million by filing false disability claims.