Denver’s Mafia

Author Dick Kreck stopped in today to work on his upcoming book on Denver’s notorious Smaldone crime family. The former owners of Gaetano’s Italian restaurant (now owned by the Wynkoop Group) ran a gambling empire that kept them at the top of the local mob hierarchy from the 30’s to the 90’s, only ending when the last brother Clarence “Chauncey” Smaldone passed away October 16, 2006. Check out the article  Dick published in the Denver Post shortly after Chauncey’s death for a taste of what will be in the 2009 book!

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One Response to Denver’s Mafia

  1. Mary Ciancio says:

    While searching for old Denver history for my dad, I saw your note about a book on the Denver mafia. I remember being a young girl, spending time after school at my father’s restaurant; Ciancio’s, on 47th and York. Occasionally Checkers and Flip-flop Smaldone would come in for spaghetti. They were very nice to me. Checkers would do that old trick of pretending to pull a coin from behind my ear, but from him, it was a silver dollar! My dad tells me he had to respectfully ask that Checkers and Flip-flop not come into the restaurant as every other customer would leave and police cars would park up and down the whole street in front of the restaurant. Thanks for triggering a nice memory.

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