|Ava at a masquerade party|
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.|
"I have my memories, very mind-blowing memories."
I am sure you do, Ava...