IN MEMORY OF LUCHESE MOBSTER RALPH "RALPHIE" CUOMO

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IN MEMORY OF LUCHESE MOBSTER RALPH "RALPHIE" CUOMO

Unread post by icegoodbarbPresident » May 6th, 2008, 3:10 pm

New York City is full of pizza joints claiming to be the 'Original' Ray's, but this one in Prince Street is reckoned to be the real deal - and it comes with an interesting history!

According to pizza folklore, Ray's Pizza was named after Ralph Cuomo who opened it in 1959.

Unfortunately, Cuomo decided to supplement his income by making heroin deals in the restaurant's basement on behalf of the Luchese crime family, and was sent to prison in 1998.

2 May 1987, New York Times, pg. 29:
You Can Call It
Ray's, but Expect
A Lawsuit to Go
By WILLIAM E. GEIST
(....)
Now, Rosolino Mangano has decided to do something about it himself. Mr. Mangano, who opened his first Original Ray's Pizza at 1073 First Avenuie - and went on to open nine additional Original Ray's - said yesterday that he has filed a lawsuit to enjoin the multitudinous and mounting number of Ray's pizza parlors in Manhattan from using the good name of Ray.

This would apparently include, but would not be limited to: Ray's Pizza, Original Ray's, Ray's Original, Famous Ray's, Ray's Famous, Famous and Original Ray's, the One and Only Famous Ray's, Real Ray's and so on.
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Most of the Ray's in New York - those in the business say there are dozens - are unrelated, yet most seem to have certain characteristics in common. Virtually all claim to be the first Ray's. Also, they all claim that theirs is the best Ray's pizza available at any price and that the other Ray's are ruining their reputation. And none seems to have a real Ray.

(Original Ray's opened in 1964 and was not the first - ed.)

25 March 1991, New York Times, pg. A1:
In a Pizza War, It's 3 Rays Against the Rest
By JOHN TIERNEY
(...)(Pg. B2 - ed.)
A Ray Named Ralph. Documents gathered during the Rays' legal battle show that there was no Ray's Pizza listed in the 1959 Manhattan telephone book. That was the year Ralph Cuomo, the 22-year-old son of immigrants from southern Italy, opened a pizzeria in Little Italy, using his mother's recipe.

It was at 27 Prince Street, between Mott and Elizabeth Streets, on the first floow of a building that his family lived in and owned. The next year's telephone book listed the name: Ray's Pizza.

Why not Ralph's Pizza?

"Ralph's might have sounded, I don't know, maybe too feminine," Mr. Cuomo explained last week. "Besides, nobody ever called me Ralph. My family took the Italian word for Ralph - Raffaele - and shortened it to Rayfie or just Ray. All my life I was addressed that way."
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Ralph Cuomo passed away last month from complications of heart disease and diabetes. Cuomo was thought to be a soldier or even a capo in the Lucchese criime family.
RALPH RALPHIE CUOMO
1937-2008

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Unread post by thewestside » May 6th, 2008, 4:45 pm

Low key Lucchese guy that was in the life for a long time. I believe he was at least an acting captain at one point, if not a full fledged captain.

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Unread post by Carmelo_Sicily » May 19th, 2008, 3:09 pm

Died a better way than Pizzolo wouldn't you say west side?

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Unread post by thewestside » May 19th, 2008, 6:15 pm

Carmelo_Sicily wrote:Died a better way than Pizzolo wouldn't you say west side?
LOL. Yes, I'd say so.

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Unread post by 3 to 5 Is Life » May 20th, 2008, 11:20 pm

njoy that fresh pine smell, baller freak. digg that.

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