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"Oh, it's you. Toni ain't here. But he left one of his sugary love letters for you."
―Mrs. Cipriani to Claude.

Mrs. Cipriani is an unseen character in the Grand Theft Auto series, featuring as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto III and a main character in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. She is the mother of Leone Crime Family member Toni Cipriani (who frequently addresses to her as Ma) and the owner of Momma's Restaurante in Saint Mark's, Liberty City.



Mrs. Cipriani began operating her restaurant, presumably with her husband, in 1968 and continued to operate it whilst also raising her son. In 1994, she loses all contact with Toni after he kills a leading member of the Mafia.


When Toni reappears, he does not immediately go to see his mother, which angers her. When he does visit, Mrs. Cipriani lays into him for not calling whilst he was away. She then compares Toni to his father and mob men in Liberty City, including Giovanni Casa, saying that Toni doesn't match up to either of them. Toni then sets out to prove his mother wrong, by taking pictures of Giovanni Casa in a diaper chasing two prostitutes. However, this backfires with Mrs. Cipriani thinking less of Toni, with her saying that whether Casa wears a diaper or not that he's still a better man than Toni.

Mrs. Cipriani continues to berate her son Toni, and wants him to kill two groups of Triads, as she thinks that Toni lives in his apartment because he is afraid of the Triads. After that, Toni is forced to win a street race and kill Dan Sucho to prove his mother that he can drive, and apparently, get back at Sucho for being an ideal son to his momma.

Later on, Toni goes on killing Giovanni Casa for not paying protection money and for still being a better man to his momma than Toni himself is. However, Mrs. Cipriani still does not think of Toni as a man, and eventually calls a hit on him, which Toni survives. She eventually calls off the hit after Toni becomes a made man.

Mrs. Cipriani also phones into Chatterbox, a talk show on Liberty City Free Radio in 1998, complaining to Lazlow that Toni won't move back in with her. After being called Grandma, she threatens "Lazarus", saying that she just put a hit on his head. This is unlikely, since Lazlow was still hosting Chatterbox FM in October 2001.


By 2001, the setting of Grand Theft Auto III, Toni Cipriani had moved back in with his mother at her restaurant, and had noticeably gained weight. In GTA Liberty City Stories, she had complained about Toni not moving back in with her and about his weight. Mrs. Cipriani had not stopped complaining about Toni however, still comparing him to his father and saying that he was not a real man. In the same year, Toni phones Lazlow of Chatterbox FM, complaining about his mother berating him.

In Grand Theft Auto III, Salvatore Leone says to Toni in the mission Salvatore's Called a Meeting that his mother is "Strong, firenze." "Firenze" is the Italian name for "Florence."

Mission Appearances

GTA Liberty City Stories



  • Mrs. Cipriani could possibly be inspired by the character Olivia "Livia" Soprano from the HBO TV series The Sopranos. Like Livia, she is a manipulative mother for the main protagonist, she called a hit on her own son and still mourns her husband.
  • She shares many similarities with the character Debbie Wolowitz from the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory as both are overbearing unseen mothers who only communicate through yelling and constantly undermine their sons.


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