Life in the mob: Michael Franzese talks Italian food, and life in the Mafia

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Michael Franzese joins Ross Stevenson and Kate Stevenson on A Moveable Feast.

Michael Franzese joins Ross Stevenson and Kate Stevenson on A Moveable Feast.

It's hard not to cling intently to every word former Mafia boss Michael Franzese says. 

His stories are a rare, fascinating and, at times, terrifying glimpse into one of the world's most notorious organised crime syndicate.

Mr Franzese joined Ross and Kate on A Moveable Feast chat about Italian food (of course) and life in the mob. 

He was born into the Mafia and rose to become the captain of the Colombo crime family.

He went on to spend eight years behind bars, but Mr Franzese has now turned his back on organised crime, and is a touring motivational speaker. 

Flanked by security, Mr Franzese took Kate and Burnso out to dinner  (Ross was unfortunately sick) on Friday night at 38 Chairs, the Italian restaurant he claims is the best outside of New York!

His advice to any Melburnians planning to head to 38 Chairs is to let the wonderful owner Gino choose your meal for you. 

For those who have future plans to travel to New York, his top picks for Italian are La Mer, il Cortile and Casa Bella. 

Aside from chatting about eateries, the lines were thrown open for callers to ask Mr Franzese questions about the mob.

One caller asked what movies represent the Mafia the most accurately, to which he replied Good Fellas and Donny Brasco. 

He was also asked if the mob had anything to do with the assassination of U.S President John F Kennedy. 

"[There's] a lot more behind John F Kennedy killing and if you don't believe the mob was involved in that, you're naive," he said.

"Because they definitely were and I know that for a fact."

"But the federal government in America will never want that to come out. They'll never want anybody to know that the mob was behind Kennedy's killing." 

Asked if younger mob members go through some sort of training or "apprenticeship" program, Mr Franzese said it's all on the job training.

"You observe. You do whatever you're told to do. You watch other guys. You just learn on the spot."

"What about pistol practice," he was asked. 

"No, we don't have pistol practice. Everything is short range so it's very hard to miss."

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