Little Italy's San Gennaro Feast, More Tales From The Godfather by Det. Sonny Grosso, and an 'Offer He Can't Refuse!'

September 3, 2014 5:23 PM

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Little Italy's San Gennaro Feast, More Tales From The Godfather by Det. Sonny Grosso, and an 'Offer He Can't Refuse!'

One of the key early scenes in the 1974 sequel The Godfather Part II occurs during the annual San Gennaro festival in Little Italy, New York, when a young, upcoming Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) has to deal with Don Fanucci, a "blackhander" extortionist. That same neighborhood festival continues on today with the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro kicking off September 11-21, 2014.

Retired and decorated NYPD detective and award-winning TV and movie producer, Sonny Grosso, who knows Little Italy inside out, was hired as a pioneering technical adviser by director Francis Ford Coppola on The Godfather franchise.

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