Angelo “Fat Ange” Lutz had no recollection of the mob during his trial for racketeering. But when it came to promoting his restaurant, the Kitchen Consigliere, he layered it on thicker than tomato sauce over pasta.
The crime-centric theme of the joint is ubiquitous. The signage on the front of the building has the logo from the Godfather movie with a chef’s hat atop it.
Joey Pork Chops is the name of special entrée that pays its respects to a reputed mob boss of the Philadelphia-South Jersey area. There is even a mural on the wall that features Fat Ange between real mobster John Gotti and fictious mobster Tony Soprano.
Last week, Lutz moved his operations from an 11-table restaurant to one three times as large on a prominent corner of Philadelphia suburb of Collingswood.
..."I never considered myself a gangster. I'm not a gangster. The government considered me a gangster. The government considered me a mob associate," he said. "But what I am now is a businessman."