thanks to John L Smith
Tony Spilotro (right) and his brother, Michael.
Anthony Spilotro, the late Las Vegas gangster and hitman, was something of a street-corner philosopher according to those who knew him well. Spilotro, played so dramatically by Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino,” had favorite sayings that served as gentle reminders to his associates. For some reason, they almost always focused on the nature of greed
Tough Tony the philosopher liked to say, “You can only eat one steak at a time.” … Ironically, it was Tony whom some mob historians have suspected was killed in part because he failed to share his lucrative Vegas scores with his bosses in Chicago. He brought too much heat on the bosses through his organization of a burglary ring that got busted and made big headlines. In 1986, Spilotro and his brother, Michael, were murdered by their friends
Tony was a ragged street kid who dared to dream too big. Bernard Madoff, on the other hand, was a limousine guy who circulated with millionaires and billionaires. His Ponzi scheme took investors for $86 billion, a record organized crime would have envied, and this week we found out he’s personally still worth $826 million. He’s also on his way to federal prison.
Saint Mark Twain of Missouri .. once observed, “Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth.”
I guess it’s too late to remind Madoff that he can only eat one steak at a time. Too late for Tony, too, come to think of it.
Tony did love a good steak , and Cash was his favorite dessert.
I chopped up a drug score with Tony over a New York Steak dinner in the Flame. a Steakhouse in Las Vegas.
Anthony Fiato aka “The Animal”