In what sounds like an episode straight out of Sopranos, the owner of a famed Brooklyn pizza parlor has been gunned down this week.
Louis Barbati, 61, an owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, New York, was gunned down right in front of his house, just steps away from the front door. The pizza joint has been regularly on the “best of New York” lists.
According to the Post, he was ambushed and shot five times by a man in his 30s, wearing a hoodie. He screamed out for his wife as he lay dying with $10,000 in a plastic bag and a loaf of bread in his hands.
The pizza restaurant was once at the center of a Mafia extortion plot over a stolen sauce recipe, the Post also reported.
Back in 2009, Francis Guerra, a Colombo crime family associate, was accused of extorting the owner of a Staten Island pizzeria for allegedly stealing L&B’s pizza-sauce recipe.
Guerra was related through marriage to another L&B owner and was acquitted at a 2012 trial.
The police are still investigating Barbati’s murder.