Pizzaman will be charged with attempted murder, too!

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The mozzarella maestro brutally stabbed on Smith Street last week is being charged with attempted murder — just like the ex-con who put him in a hospital bed, authorities said on Monday.

Internationally known pizzaiolo Mark Iacono, 44, owner of Lucali, is now in the same saucepot as his alleged mob-connected combatant Benny Geritano, 38, who claimed at his arraignment on Sunday that he acted in self-defense.

“They’re both being charged with the same crime,” said a spokesman for District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Iacono’s acclaimed restaurant, located on Henry and Summit Streets, is a critic’s favorite, heralded by GQ magazine as the country’s second-best pizzeria.

But on Friday, it was the pizza man who was repeatedly sliced in the head, neck, back and stomach in front of Joe’s Superette on Smith Street and Carroll Street, his blood staining a roadway that’s gone from the bada-bing of mobster “Crazy” Joe Gallo’s days, to the bada-bling of the $14-martini set.

According to the Post, the bloody altercation began when Geritano accused Iacono of trying to steal his dolce tesoro, 37-year-old Annette Angeloni.

“They were fighting over the woman,” the source said. “Benny said, ‘Stay away from Annette! She’s living with me now!’” the paper reported.

Iacono continues to convalesce in Lutheran Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, and has not been arraigned.

Iacono was dumbstruck about the charges, according to the Post.

“They think this is some kind of mob story. I was just trying to defend myself,” he told our sister publication.

Geritano, who prosecutors called “a violent predator,” beat an attempted murder charge in the 1990s. He’s currently on probation until 2013 on a racketeering rap, prosecutors said.

And his stepfather was reportedly Anthony “Shorty” Mascuzzio, a member of John Gotti’s inner circle who was murdered in a nightclub in 1987.

Geritano’s lawyer, Steven Kartagener, did not return several calls for comment.

Opened in 2006 at the site of Louie’s Candy Store, Lucali also has thin link to the mob: Dominick “Black Dom” Dionisio of the Colombo crime family once worked for Iacono while awaiting a trial for an armed robbery.

As of Monday, Lucali remains closed.

Both Iacono and Geritano, whose family run Bagels by the Park on Smith Street near President Street, have known each other since childhood.

Both have maintained a vow of silence, refusing to tell investigators what sparked the violence.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Carl from Carroll Gardens says:
I know that Murdoch reporters are encouraged to be snarky in the pursuit of casual, but when you're reporting a story about a stabbing it is highly unprofessional to try to slant the story into a chapter out of a "mob" novel, complete with stereotypical use of Italian in the story. It's disrespectful to those involved, the neighborhood, and your readers, who you incorrectly assume need your juvenile ramblings.

Right your book on your own time.
April 19, 2011, 11:44 am
just me from queens says:
benny hasnt paid child support in 11 years for his 11 year old daughter..he should have been locked up for that.. then the pizza guy would be fine!!
April 19, 2011, 1:19 pm
ANGRY MUCH?? from QUEENS says:

April 19, 2011, 3:42 pm
gemma from downtown bklyn says:
It is just disgusting using terminology like "shacked up" regarding this womans relationships as the Post did today.. the truth may never be revealed and we all know that the papers will make stuff up and add their own "spice" to keep it going..thats what sells papers people so smarten up and believe half of what you see and NONE of what you hear..seems like all are "victims" here..
April 19, 2011, 6:34 pm
Luckie from Downtown says:
Very sad. I know both of them and have nothing bad to say about either one of them.
April 19, 2011, 8:53 pm
Eazy D from Sheesphead Bay says:
Norm reports they were fighting about Atlantic Yards.
April 19, 2011, 11:51 pm
Eazy D's conscience says:
Sorry, I'm a jerk sometimes.
July 16, 2011, 6:56 am

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