Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Federal prosecutors pursuing extortion charges against Giuseppe D’Anna and Girolamo D’Anna say the Shelby Township brothers are a 'danger to the community' given their alleged mafia connections.
The federal case against two brothers convicted last year of brutally beating a fellow Shelby Township restaurant owner has taken an international turn as prosecutors now say the men have ties to an alleged mafia boss in the family’s native Sicily. Giuseppe "Joe" D’Anna, 60, and Girolamo "Mimmo" D’Anna, 48, were indicted last week by a federal grand jury on three counts of extortion, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment alleges that the brothers, "and other co-conspirators" who have not been named, attempted to extort Pietro Ventimiglia, the owner of Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, from 2009 until April 2011. The D’Annas were later …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Owners of the former Tirami Su restaurant in Shelby Township have been indicted by a federal grand jury on extortion charges.
The Shelby Township restaurant owner and his brother convicted last year of beating a competitor with a baseball bat are heading back to court after a federal grand jury indicted them on charges of allegedly extorting the same individual. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, Giuseppe "Joe" D’Anna, 60, and Girolamo "Mimmo" D’Anna, 48, were charged with one count of Hobbs Act conspiracy and two counts of attempted Hobbs Act extortion, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Hobbs Act is a U.S. federal law enacted in 1946 that prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. The indictment alleges that the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The restaurant plans to add new items to its menu and offer beer, wine and alcohol when it reopens.
Fans of Nonna's Italian Kitchen will have to look elsewhere for their pasta this week as the restaurant plans to close its doors temporarily for remodeling. Nonna's will be closed Monday, Jan. 28, through Sunday, Feb. 3. While crews work to give the restaurant a new look, the kitchen will be perfecting several new menu items, according to Nonna's Facebook page. Approved for a Class C liquor license in August 2012, Nonna's began serving beer, wine and liquor on Jan. 26 and will continue to do so when the restaurant reopens Feb. 4. Nonna's is located at 50528 Schoenherr Rd. in Shelby Township.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Shelby Township Board of Trustees says it only has six liquor licenses left to dole out for the next ten years.
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees approved a liquor license for Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, but denied new Mediterranean restaurant Kayla Sky Inc. a liquor license. Vice President of the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce Ron Current told the Board that Kayla Sky needed a liquor license in order to compete with restaurants along Van Dyke. “They’ve done a good job of making this not trashy and family friendly. I hope you reconsider,” he said. Without any debate, the Board approved a Class C License for Nonna’s, which has been open for more than three years. Trustees said Nonna’s has been in business for several years in the township and has proven to be a viable business. Before the vote was taken, Trustee Michael Flynn told the …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Owners of the former Tirami Su restaurant in Shelby Township pleaded guilty today to lesser charges in the beating of a competitor.
A Shelby Township restaurateur and his brother accused of brutally beating his competitor pleaded guilty Thursday in Macomb County Circuit Court to greatly reduced charges, according to the Macomb Daily. The brothers, Giuseppe D'Anna, 59, and Girolamo D'Anna, 46, of Shelby Township, who own the Tiramisu Italian Ristorante, were facing the possibility of up to life in prison after prosecutors said they hit Pietro Ventimiglia, 35, owner of nearby restaurant Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, in the head numerous times with a baseball bat on April 28. The D’Annas were originally charged with attempted murder, punishable by up to life in prison; extortion, punishable by up to 20 years; and a 10-year witness intimidation charge. On Thursday, they pleaded…
Friday, September 16, 2011
The embattled Tirami Su Ristorante has been changed to Il Pomo d'oro, bringing a more casual Italian dining experience at more affordable meal and wine prices.
A Shelby Township restaurant that made headlines when the owner was charged with attacking a competitor is under new management. The former Tirami Su Ristorante has been changed to Il Pomo d'oro, bringing a more casual Italian dining experience at more affordable meal and wine prices. Jack LoMedico serves as the new restaurant's managing partner and has more than 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry. LoMedico was assistant general manager for the Wolfgang Puck Grill at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and also ran ran Bistro 555 in Greektown. An investment group backs the new business. "Our goal is to be an old-school restaurant where you get a lot of food for a good value," LoMedico said, noting many of the dishes are …
Monday, August 8, 2011
The court date for Shelby Township brothers accused of attacking a restaurant owner with a bat and threatening to kill his family and employees was delayed for a second time.
A preliminary exam for two brothers accused of brutally beating a restaurant owner with a bat and threatening to kill his family and employees has been postponed. The exam, which was originally scheduled for Monday in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township before Judge Douglas Shepherd, has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, according to court officials. Giuseppe D'Anna, 58, and Girolamo D'Anna, 46, have been charged with attempted murder, extortion and witness intimidation for an April 28 attack on Nonna's Italian Kitchen owner Pietro Ventimiglia inside his restaurant in the Schoenherr and 23 Mile area. Giuseppe D'Anna is owner of nearby Tirami Su Ristorante. Police and prosecutors say the brothers were upset that Ventimiglia …