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Smith Street was awash in blood Friday afternoon after a popular Carroll Gardens pizzaman with possible ties to organized crime was stabbed multiple times by a crooked bagelmaker a few blocks from the victim’s acclaimed pizzeria.

Police said Mark Iacono, 43, — the owner of Lucali, a Henry Street pizzeria, who once “employed” a reputed member of the Columbo crime family — was knifed in the face, back and leg outside of Joe’s Superette, near Carroll Street and across from PS 58.

According to the New York Post, Benny Geritano, a 38-year-old ex-con who Iacono has known since childhood, was arguing with the victim moments before pulling out a long kitchen knife and wildly slashing him at around 2:45 pm.

At press time, Iacono was in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center, and Geritano was at Long Island College Hospital being treated for cuts to his hands — presumably a byproduct of the melee.

Geritano, who worked at a Bagels by the Park on Smith Street near President Street, is reported to have a history of violence: he’s on probation for criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Post, and he beat two attempted murder charges in the 1990s. Geritano’s stepfather was Anthony “Shorty” Mascuzzio, a member of John Gotti’s inner circle who was murdered in a nightclub in 1987, the paper reported.

Friends described Iacono as a neighborhood lifer who worked as a contractor before entering the restaurant business.

“He’s not a loud guy who gets into fights or scrapes,” said John Esposito, owner of the Sal’s Pizzeria, on Court and Degraw streets, who called Iacono a customer. “This is a shock.”

But the restaurant itself has a saucy history.

Colombo crime family associate Dominick “Black Dom” Dionisio once worked there while awaiting trial for a shooting and armed robbery. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri charged in court papers that Dionisio never spun a pie and only used his “employment” as a ruse to satisfy his bail conditions.

Lucali, located on Henry Street near Summit Street, was closed Friday in the wake of the violence. It been a critic’s darling despite its association to organized crime, being named best pizzeria in the city by Zagat’s and rated second best pizza in the country by GQ magazine.

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Gimmayo from Bklyn says:
Bada Bing.
April 16, 2011, 12:06 am
Big Tony from Red Hook says:
You forgot the most important thing. The pizza guy was eating a rice ball (with prosciutto -- didn't he realize no meat on Fridays during Lent?) when he was attacked by the bagel guy.
April 16, 2011, 1 am
Tina from Red Hook says:
Neighborhood would be better without the Geritano's and their family. They leave a black mark on the area.
April 16, 2011, 11:46 am
peter morales from carroll gardens says:
mark iacono is a 100 percent legitimate hard working man who has never ever been accused of any wrongdoing.anyone who would say anything to the contrary should be ashamed of themselves. even just suggesting any guilt by association is completely wrong. we all pray for his speedy recovery, and for the elimination of parasites from our society.
April 16, 2011, 12:39 pm
Santo from Carroll Gardens says:
So he chooses Columbo over Gambino ...
April 16, 2011, 4:48 pm
Pasuale from Red Hook says:
All these Yuppies and young couples seem to be screaming when any social issue has to be addressed, usually with a liberal tilt, but have no problems eating with their little kids in mobbed up joints, oh yes with good reviews of course, god forbid. They make me puke, especially that Smith S., crowd.
April 17, 2011, 10:24 pm
Pasuale from Red Hook says:
Hey peter, how much did they give you to write that. Do you realize how stupid you sound!!

Free Pizza

hy folks in case you Yuppies didn't notice, or don't want to notice, the Mob is back!!
April 17, 2011, 10:27 pm
Enzo from Park Slope says:
"You Yuppies, this..." and "You Yuppies that...." Whom are you kidding old Mr. Pasquale? The Yuppies and their children have nothing to do with this story and you know it.
April 18, 2011, 4:58 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Woohoo if the mob is back! Safer streets!
April 18, 2011, 6:53 pm
Ed Zeppole from Bay Ridge says:
Big Tony mentions "a rice ball with prosciutto"??? Where the hell did you grow up, Cleveland? In Brooklyn it's chopmeat, sauce and peas.
April 19, 2011, 12:01 pm
Tony from CG says:
To Pasuale, the old meatball fart, Ok so you know the "mobbed up joints", please enlight us with the list, failure to do so means you are a fraud
April 23, 2011, 2:03 pm

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