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Gennaro Galtieri, owner Lexitalia Ristorante, 1983

Posted on March 16, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Gennaro Galtieri, owner of Lexitalia Ristorante, in his home kitchen preparing an Italian meal for his family on November 1983. A menu reminiscent of Lexitalia Ristorante will be featured at an Icons dinner at Azur that celebrates long-gone Lexington restaurants on March 28. Lexitalia became one of the most notorious restaurants in town after owner Gennaro “Jerry” Galtieri was arrested by the FBI in the Pizza Connection II heroin case in 1988. Galtieri was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The restaurant stayed open for a while but closed after a few years. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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