Ava D'Arco: Mob Boss's Daughter Like No Other

Ava at a masquerade party
Ava Marie D'Arco, daughter of Al D'Arco, is wary to say much on the record beyond the words her father offered us in "Mob Boss," the book about his life and times in the Luchese family and afterward.

Ava is mentioned a few times in the book, along with the rest of her family and the places they lived, probably the only places where Al could go and not have the weight of the mob and its politics on his head.

Ava was witness to much, but says very little.

An early mention of her in "Mob Boss" has her sitting in a high chair while Al is readying to serve his first real time in prison.

It's a telling detail, Ava sitting in the high chair, a silent witness to what was occurring, stretching across the decades of her and her family's life in New York. With a major mob figure for a father, she must've been witness to quite a lot.

But in our ongoing correspondence, she prefers to tell me things like: "I never smoked a cigarette a day in my life. I never drink, except for special occasions and then it would be only maybe a single glass of wine."



She uses her platform as a pulpit to try to help people out. Smoking kills you, and so does alcohol, if you have a problem with it. Simple statements that echo loudly.

I asked her why she never smiles in her photos. "Eh, so many people tell me that. They say I always look pensive, I never smile..." she responds, adding no more.

She offered one detail about her life: she spent some time in Las Vegas in the 1980s working in a casino. Her first boss was "Lefty" Rosenthal, of whom she said only: "RIP."

"I am the different Mob Boss daughter," she laughs.

She does like to cook, though. That she can talk a bit about. "I love to cook! When I cook, I wear a long apron and chop up my own meats to use for my sauce--a mean meat sauce!" (See below for one of Ava's recipes--a simple unpretentious tasty dish: sardines.)

She does have some mementos from life back in New York: "I have the suit and hat my dad wore when he was made. I have stuff that would blow people away. Some goes back to the 1950s, all given to me by my dad."

She's as reticent about her future as she is the past.

"My future endeavors are to take New York by storm. I have a well-versed business mind. When the time is right, I am going into business but keeping a low profile. And I'll be the boss. I can't talk about specifics, but I will say this: my plans don't include appearing on a television show."

Ava's recipe for sardines; pasta on the side is mandatory.
Asked about her father's book and the people in it, she said: "I treasure my dad's stories. They go all the way back to the days of Jimmy Alto, “Frank The Sheik” Aliventi, Joe Zaza, my uncle in Pittsburg, Joe Sica, RIP.

"I have my memories, very mind-blowing memories."

I am sure you do, Ava...

Comments

  1. He needs to be real careful. Uncle Sam will be watching him like a hawk.

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  2. Now can everybody be quiet now that joey merlino is retired along with uncle joe. This is the most idiotic move I have ever heard. This will not end well.

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  3. Also most of these guys are fighting for scraps. Most of them can't earn big money anymore. I predict it is over for philli mob.

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  4. Very nice article,thank you Ed.

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  5. they say the wife and son were charged in the insurance scandal 48 people were charged an earlier article said but only a handfull picked up ed gonna be interesting
    There are people who were charged cooperating weather that effects UJ
    Nobody knows nice article on NEW BOSS BOY GEORGE BORGESI ED PHILLY

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  6. Borgesi will last a minute. Fighting for scraps is an understatement. Top spot pulls in 200k a year. Biggest thing they have is football and that money is not guaranteed from year to year. You have a bad season and tension rises in sphilly. Years ago we had 20 different revenue streams and today only a few. Only people that place any bets now are the ones who want to avoid taxes and that group gets smaller and smaller by the minute. Years ago you had guys running the show who could have been doctors or lawyers. Well....lets just say now you don't have that (case in point Nicodemo). Most of these guys are shrewd and street smart but it takes more than that to survive now. The Russians are into high tech crime while Italians are taking book and loans. What I do know is growing up Italian in the 80's, there was no crime in the neighborhood and it was safe to walk the streets because the criminals knew better to mess around.
    Most of these guys are not smart enough to hustle drugs and don't have the street cred that was once.
    Georgie boy has a bit of a temper so it is going to be an interesting year. Wonder how he is going to deal with Monacello? How can a mob informant live 40 miles away from the mob boss? That doesn't command respect.

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  7. the big bookies with brains are the ones kicking up . The mob bookies other than stevie Johnny or uncle Joe are the only ones who paid when they had bad weeks the other mob guys closed shop and the custermer was fucked especialy after he paid 2 dimes the wk before go figure should be interesting with BOSS BOY GEORGE BORGESI RUNNINGS THOUGH NO MORE ENVELOPES TO BOCA ???

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  8. BOY GEORGE WILL PROBABLY NAME ALLISON CONSIGLIERE SHES THE ONLY ONE HE CAN TRUST THE OTHER GUYS WILL BE PLOTING GONNA BE INTERESTING

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  9. No fucking way Georgie is the boss he's most likely still the consigliere but Steve is the boss not Georgie, and he isn't despised on the streets he has a lot of respect for being a stand up guy but he ain't the boss

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  10. Then someone needs to tell George and his boys that Frank will see i guess

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  11. HA, What does Philly have to offer anyway? It's a dump. Buildings crumble by themselves. You can be on one beautiful block, turn the corner, and it's the South Bronx. They high tech Italian guys are in Costa Rica and elsewhere with their Internet gambling which takes bets worldwide. It's no longer a neighborhood thing or even one city. None of these guys care about the old neighborhood. They only care about the all-mighty dollar. There is a lot of money in industry and always will be. The best thing is to eventually go legit. Take New York and the construction industry. The mob here is still getting their slice and more. The two percent tax is a given. There is so much money pouring into this city that no one bats an eye. They re-established themselves in the carting industry as well. Look at the bogus case last year with Papa Smurf.
    Even in L.A. where there's probably three made guys in their 60's, look into who is specializing in the toxic waste industry (Gambino) and you'll be surprised. I think the Russians were the ones who started the gas tax scheme that eventually the Italians muscled their way into, i.e., the Colombos and Lucheses. When their was discension amongst the Russians and the all-mighty dollar, it was the Italians that did the shooting and straightened everything out. There was a Colombo crew in Bensonhurst, young hungry guys, who went down to Brighton Beach in the '90's and told all the shop keepers who the Russians were shaking down to call them when the Russians came to collect. When the Italians got the call, they sent their boys down with hammers and took care of business real quick and took the shake down money to boot. They still have access to the muscle, but are hesitant to use it, because they don't want to stop the flow of the all-mighty dollar. It's the higher ups and their relatives that enjoy the cake. The wannabes and the nobody's are the ones scraping for the crumbs, i.e. this gong guy that got whacked. Alite had it right. It's dog eat dog. But if you have the right blood lines and half a brain, you got a shot. I would suggest don't get involved and make it to Sunday mass. But as far as the Philly mob or what is left of it, it will die as the city is on it's last legs with not much to offer.

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  12. These philly boys dont think outside the box

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  13. BOY GEORGE HAS BEEN GOING AROUND THAT HE HAS TAKEN OVER BUT
    it has been made perfectly clear
    that SKINNY JOEY MERLINO IS THE BOSS
    AND STEVIE MAZZONE AND JOHNNY CIANGELINI BOY GEORGE HAS BEEN TOLD SHUT HIS MOUTH STAY OUTTA DELEWARE COUNTY NEEDLESS TO SAY ED HE.S NOT A HAPPY CAMPER AND CAME FROM THOSE IN THE KNOW SORRY FOR THE MISS INFO EARLIER THATS WHAT HE WAS PUTTIN OUT THERE DOESNT LOOK GOOD FOR BOY GEORGE BORGESI

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  14. Let's start a petition for the names of wiseguys Ava dated! C'mon, she must've dated one or two of the "guys" at least! Ava is one of the few people I've interviewed who didn't want anything in return, such as promoting something with a link, etc. Let me add that she's proven to be a good friend. Every day she gives me a shoutout. Than you, Ava...

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  15. Hi Ed, haha , let's keep em guessing ! Surprised nobody took a bite on it yet , ox

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  16. And been married 2xx x

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  17. Made the above dish last night before I saw this but with shrimp- I just happen to have some sardines sounds interesting with the left over pasta from last night quick dinner / bread crumbs will be added, - my plate will have added lime/ lemon most likely both while sauté and after ! thank u for the recipe share - perfect timing!

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  18. Thank You Jean !

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