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The Tattaglia crime family (pronounced Tat-tag-lee-a) is one of New York's Five Families, based in Brooklyn.


Philip Tattaglia.

The Tattaglia family was founded by Philip Tattaglia in the 1920s. Like many of their contemporaries, the Tattaglias were bootleggers during Prohibition. With the repeal of the Prohibition, their main business became prostitution, earning Don Tattaglia a reputation as a pimp, and causing the family to be held in low regard. They controlled most of the nightclubs in the United States and they also began working with narcotics sometime in the 1930s, becoming affiliated with Virgil Sollozzo.

Tattaglia's womanizing would occasionally distract him from matters of business, but he compensated for this by surrounding himself with other strong leaders, such as his sons, Bruno and John.

A new position of power

In 1945, the Tattaglias began to gain power after being supported by drug kingpin Virgil Sollozzo. They managed to take Don Vito Corleone out of the picture by shooting and wounding him and sending him to the hospital.

Their luck would not last for long however, as Bruno Tattaglia was gunned down by Salvatore Tessio's men. This act made Don Tattaglia declare a state of mob war against Don Vito Corleone, having been secretly backed up by Don Emilio Barzini.

A much needed peace

After being forced into a stalemate, Tattaglia and his allies set up Sonny Corleone for assassination, avenging Bruno's death. Vito, having recovered, called a meeting of the Commission and swore that he would not fight the Tattaglias anymore.

This peace came just in time, as the Tattaglia family had been massively crippled by the war. However, after Don Vito Corleone died of a heart attack, Michael sent Rocco Lampone to Tattaglia's motel, where he murdered Don Tattaglia and the prostitute he was with.

The new regime

Don Altobello.

Philip Tattaglia was succeeded by his brother Rico, who was unused to his brother's business and nearly brought the family into bankrupcy before he died, although of natural causes in 1962, after he had stepped down the previous year. The family then became property of consigliere Osvaldo Altobello, who became a strong ally to the Corleone family.[1]

In 1980, the Tattaglias were dealt a severe blow after Altobello betrayed Michael Corleone to Licio Lucchesi and the corrupt members of the Vatican Bank. Michael Corleone poisoned Altobello with a packet of cannoli that Connie Corleone had given him for his birthday.

Tattaglia family structure (1920s-1955)

 Don Philip Tattaglia 

 Underboss John Tattaglia

 Consigliere Tattaglia's consigliere

 Caporegime Rico Tattaglia

 Soldato Unknown

 Caporegime Bruno Tattaglia

 Soldato Lou

 Soldato Luca's assassin

 Caporegime Osvaldo Altobello

 Soldato Unknown

 Caporegime Carbone

 Soldato Unknown

 Associate Emilio Barzini

 Associate Virgil Sollozzo

 Associate Mark McCluskey

Tattaglia family structure (1955-1962)

Historical Leadership

Tattaglia family hitmen.




In the video game

"You got Tattaglias coming in from Brooklyn; these guys deserve to be hated. Bruno Tattagliais next in line to be Don of his Family, and is working with that Turk asshole Sollozzo. They're tough, but it only gets worse. As for Brooklyn, the heights is pretty ritzy; but watch out near the waterfront. If I had a dime for every cheap hotel, brothel or sleazy clip-joint, I'd be a very wealthy man."
― Peter Clemenza

In The Godfather: The Game, the Tattaglia control both Brooklyn and Little Italy, the only family to have two territories at the beginning of the game instead of one as they had taken Little Italy away from the Corleones. They ally with the narcotics distributor Virgil Sollozzo and combat the Corleones for refusing involvement in drug trafficking. Following the events of the game, Aldo Trapani helps to assassinate many members of the Tattaglias during the war including the Don Philip Tattaglia, his son Bruno and Sollozzo.

The Tattaglias are the weakest of the families despite their owning the most territory, leading to them relying on the Straccis, Cuneos and Barzinis for support. However, despite being the first and easiest family to fight, they appear the most in story missions.

The Tattaglia Family color is bronze. The typical Tattaglia attire is a brown dress suit with a matching brown tie and occasionally a blue fedora, while the undershirt ranges from white to dark grey. The Tattaglia family's crest is a bronze bull's head outlining the letter T.


"Those Tattaglias are scum. Head over to Brooklyn and wipe out every last one of them."
―A Corleone Soldato

The Tattaglias are the least respected of the five families, infamous for their inherent weakness and underhandedness. However, their lack of power is made up for with their mass numbers, sporting enough members to own two territories while other Families only own one.

The Corleones and Tattaglias have a fierce hatred for each other and will commonly provoke and antagonize each-other. Although they work in close connection to the Barzini Family, is is unlikely that thee other family hold any greater respect for them than the Corleones do.


"The Tattaglias have gone soft. Just knock'em over, and poof! Huh, they're gone."
―A Corleone Soldato

Being the weakest family, they are the easiest enemies to fight in the game in all forms of combat. It will take few upgrades of any weapon to kill them quickly and sometimes instantly. Associates are only tougher than civilians and the Soldiers are not much of a threat either. However, although they are still weak, Capos and the Underboss are far stronger than Soldiers and may pose a threat to an unwary player.

The Tattaglias are led in the field by Underboss Johnny Tattaglia, but have capable family members to assist them.

Tattaglia Family Structure

 Don Philip Tattaglia 

 Underboss Johnny Tattaglia/Bruno Tattaglia

 Consigliere Freddie Nobile

 Caporegime Tony Bianchi

 Soldato Mikey Saleri

 Soldato Squeegie McNeese

 Associate Bobby Baretta

 Associate Mickey Mancini

 Associate Johnny Randazzo

 Associate Jack Dougan

 Caporegime Donnie Marinelli

 Soldato Luigi Bonetti

 Soldato Rocky Della Barca

 Associate Giancarlo Maldini

 Associate Frankie Fernetti

 Associate Billy Delveccio

 Associate Moose Mangano

 Caporegime Luigi Fusco

 Soldato Unknown

 Associate Emilio Barzini

 Associate Virgil Sollozzo

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 In the storyline of The Godfather Returns.