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Tattaglia family

Tattaglia crime family
Founder Salvatore Maranzano
Founding location 23x15px New York City, New York
Years active 1920s-Present
Territory Various neighborhoods in New York City, includeds Brooklyn and Manhattan; Long Island in New York; North Jersey in New Jersey and Miami in Florida
Ethnicity "Made men" are Italians, Italian-Americans, the associates are of other ethnicities
Criminal activities Racketeering, prostitution, counterfeiting, murder, narcotics trafficking, extortion, gambling, fraud, robbery, loan-sharking, corruption, bookmaking, bootlegging, money laundering, fencing and skimming
Allies Barzini, Cuneo, Stracci, Corleone and Drago crime families
Rivals Some street gang in New York City, and sometimes their allies

The Tattaglia family are fictional Mafia family in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation.[1] In the universe of the series, they are one of New York City's Five Families.

Tattaglia family

The family, founded as Maranzano crime family, was founded by Salvatore Maranzano in 1920s. After his death in 1933, Philip Tattaglia was replaced the family, renamed it as Tattaglia crime 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 leaving the fate of the Tattaglia Family unknown.

Historical Leadership

Bosses (official and acting)

Underbosses (official and acting)

  • 1920s-1933 - Philip Tattaglia (became boss)
  • 1933-unknown - John "Johnny" Tattaglia

Consiglieres (official and acting)

Notable associates


The Tattaglia crime family is based on the Gambino and Bonanno crime families. How the Bonannos, the Tattaglias was founded by Salvatore Maranzano, gambling's boss and rum-runner during the Prohibition, while how the Gambino was a powerful crime family, strongly involved in the narcotics trafficking and with a lots of connections in Sicily, with the politics and Cosa Nostra.