Author Tags: Fiction
Born in Toronto on November 13, 1959, Olindo Chiocca studied enginnering, worked in hi-rise constructiion then got sick of the long hours. He then decided to move to Nelson for a slower lifestyle and took up writing as his part-time passion. He says he stuggles to do as little as he can and still get away with it.
ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1995
ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: Italian
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Engineer, Photographer
Dinner Wit Da Dons and Other Uninvited Guests, Black Scorpion, 1999
College Street; Guernica Editions March, 2005 (novel)
Mobsters and Thugs; Guernica Editions, April 2000
[BCBW 2005] "Fiction" "Recipes"
Mobsters and Thugs (Guernica $15)
Much of the bronfman fortune in Canada was made during Prohibition by selling Canadian booze to American bootleggers such as Meyer Lansky, Moe Dalitz and Lucky Luciano; they became the American Mafia. “I never went to the other side of the border to count the empty Seagram’s bottles,” said Samuel Bronfman.
When Prohibition ended in 1933, the U.S. demanded $60 million in taxes from the Canadian liquor suppliers, but they eventually lowered Bronfman’s bill to $3 million “of which Bronfman graciously allowed the Canadian government to pay half,” says Olindo Romeo Chiocca of Nelson.
As the editor of 200 quotes from 60 gangsters and ‘businessmen’ like Bronfman in Mobsters and Thugs (Guernica $15), Chiocca has made a humourous primer on underworld lore and organized crime. Each of Chiocca’s quotes are drawn from the likes of mobster Dutch Schultz and J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director from 1924 to 1972. “There is no Mafia,” Hoover said. 1-55071-104-0
[BCBW AUTUMN 2000]
Dinner wit da Dons – Dead at the Table
Dinner wit da Dons – Dead at the Table by Olindo Romeo Chiocca
(Black Scorpion Publications $28.00) 978-0-9780818-1-2
The only book of its kind in the world, Dinner Wit Da Dons is a twisted gastronomic look at the links between the early American Underworld (1890-1959) and traditional Italian cooking. Olindo has packed his cookbook with Italian recipes and a litany of mobster crime facts, scenes, profiles and quotes from some of the most notorious Mafia and underworld gangsters ever to drop dead on the pavements of New York and Chicago.
With his book you can become the undisputed Don of Mob Trivia, using it to help you plan your next gangster dinner party. With recipes like ‘Two Guns’ Tagliatelle’, ‘Bullet Spitt’n Croquettes’, ‘Tammany Hall’s Stuffed Tomatoes’, and the ‘The Four Deuces Lemon Cake’, you’ll have friends and one-time casual acquaintances sending Sammy the Shiv over to ‘kindly’ remind you that they should be invited to your next Mob Don Do.
Meet and get to really know the criminals, politicians, judges and lawyers who helped make organized crime the huge success that it is today. Some of the luminaries include Al Capone, Dutch Schultz, J. Edgar Hoover, Gyp DeCarlo and Jimmy E. Coli. Also jammed into this book are Mobster Profiles, Uninvited Dinner Guest Scenarios, a Rogue’s Gallery, Dutch Schultz’s last words, and piles of other facts. Sixteen sections in all with over 165 recipes, 200 mob vignettes and an endless number of quotes.
Dinner wit da Dons is available at Otter Books in Nelson, or can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just email Olindo and he’ll get back to you.