Genco Pura Olive Oil Company is a front company formed by Vito Corleone in the 1920s. It was named after his childhood friend and consigliere, Genco Abbandando. Its headquarters were on Mott Street, Little Italy in New York City. The company eventually grew to become the largest olive-oil importer in the United States.
Genco Pura was a front for the Corleone crime family's criminal activities and its more shady operations were carried out by Salvatore Tessio and Peter Clemenza. The company became incredibly successful during the 1930s, after defeating Salvatore Maranzano in an event that would later be known as the Olive Oil War, named after the company.
Vito Corleone and members of the Corleone family would hold meetings in the Genco Pura offices, including the meeting where Don Corleone rejected Virgil Sollozzo's offer to go into the drug business with him. In late 1945, Vito Corleone was gunned down just outside these offices by men loyal to the Tattaglia family and Sollozzo.
Behind the scenes
- In The Godfather: The Game, the Genco Pura building is described like this: "An unimposing little building in the heart of Little Italy, Don Vito Corleone runs most of the Family's "other" business ventures from this location. Although the packing and distribution of olive oil continues, this place is a front for the Family's more nefarious activities. It is always sealed and locked."