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Stabbed on Smith Street

Lucali’s was shuttered Friday after its owner, Mark Iacono, was stabbed multiple times during an argument on Smith Street.
Photo by Tom Callan

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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