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Rico Tattaglia

Tattaglia crime family
Founding location United States New York City, New York
Years active 1920s-Present
Territory Brooklyn in NYC, Miami and Las Vegas, with connections in Sicily
Ethnicity Italian, Italian-American
Membership 150/200 "made men", 1500-2000 associates
Criminal activities Prostitution, racketeering, drug trafficking, smuggling, illegal gambling, loansharking, skimming, corruption, highjacking, murder
Allies Barzini crime family, Sicilian Mafia
Rivals Corleone crime family

The Tattaglia family are fictional Mafia family in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. In the universe of the series, they are one of New York City's Five Families. It's based on the real Gambino crime family.

Tattaglia family

The Tattaglia family are known to be involved in prostitution run from the Tattaglia Hotel in Brooklyn. They are the first family to begin working with narcotics sometime in the 1930s. In the 1940s, the Tattaglias begin to gain power after being supported by drug kingpin Virgil Sollozzo, even managing to gain a vital toehold into Little Italy, Manhattan, crippling the Corleone family's empire. They are also behind the attempted assassination of Don Vito Corleone.

Their luck would not last for long, however; Bruno Tattaglia is killed by Corleone enforcers, and Sollozzo is murdered by Don Corleone's son Michael. Don Tattaglia declares a state of mob war against Don Corleone, having been secretly backed up by Emilio Barzini.

After being forced into a stalemate, Tattaglia and his allies set up Sonny Corleone for assassination, avenging Bruno's death. Vito, having recovered, calls a meeting of The Commission and swears that he will not fight Tattaglia as long as Michael remains safe.

This peace arrives just in time, as the Tattaglia family have been crippled by the war. However, after Vito Corleone dies of a heart attack, Michael — the new Don of the Corleone family — sends Rocco Lampone to the Saint Sebastian Hotel, where he murders Don Tattaglia.

The new regime

The Godfather Part III explains that, by 1980, the Tattaglia Family had gone bankrupt and become property of consigliere Osvaldo Altobello, who became a strong ally to the Corleone Family.

In 1979, Altobello betrays Michael Corleone to Don Licio Lucchesi and the corrupt members of the Vatican Bank. As retribution, Michael's nephew and successor, Vincent Corleone, orders both Lucchesi and Altobello killed, thus destroying the last remnants of the Tattaglia Family once and for all.

Historical Leadership

Boss (official and acting)



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