Alfonso Tornabene, 1923-2009: Pizzeria Owner and an Alleged Leader of Chicago Outfit

According to a news report from, “Suburban pizzeria owner Alfonso “Al” Tornabene was reported to be a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit who at one point helped run the criminal organization while one of its leaders was in federal prison.”

“A longtime resident of Stickney, Mr. Tornabene, 86, died of complications related to peptic ulcer disease Sunday, May 17, in MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn,” said the story. “Mr. Tornabene opened Villa Nova Pizzeria in Stickney in 1955. The pizzeria has expanded to Orland Park, Lockport and Michigan City, Ind., and is now owned by his daughter and her husband. Although authorities said Mr. Tornabene had been a member of the Chicago Outfit for decades, he was not publicly identified as being part of the organization until 1997, when the Chicago Crime Commission published its “New Faces of Organized Crime” handbook.”