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Mafia Tomato Sauce Wars? L.A. Man & Family Descendants Claim Al Capone's Original Recipe

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In one corner is Chicago-based Dominic Capone III, the great nephew of famous mafioso Al Capone. In the other corner is Robert Castine, the Los Angeles-based owner of a company that runs Al Capone Spaghetti Sauce And Meatballs. Who is selling the recipe that is closest to the one Al Capone loved? That's up for debate, finds consumer finance blog WalletPop.

Dominic runs Capone Family Secret and his website says the pasta sauce recipes were consistently found every time law enforcement authorities raided a Capone warehouse. That's 137 raids, they say. "There was only a few items found on every single raid and it was not alcohol. It was the recipes of the 'Capone Family Secret' pasta sauces. Of course this was never made public; it remained confidential for the last 80+ years."