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Las Venturas Mafia

Mafia in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra), is a real-life criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. An offshoot emerged on the East Coast of the United States during the late 19th century following waves of immigration. In America, the Mafia often refers to Italian American organized crime in general, rather than just Sicilian American organized crime. Each Mafia family is lead by a Don or Capo Crimine. In Liberty City, mafia influence is city wide.

Organized crime in Liberty City has traditionally been controlled by the Five Families (Gambetti, Pavano, Lupisella, Messina, and Ancelotti families) with the less influential Alderney Mob. Business interests range from all reaches of crime, murder, contract killing, bombings, extortion, loan sharking, racketeering, gambling, hijacking among many others. Within Liberty City are many people and activities linked to the Mafia. Over the years in Liberty City the mafia has come into conflict both internally amongst the families and with other criminal organizations throughout the city oftentimes resulting in war.


Mafia Families

Name Leader(s) Members Based Appearances
Leone Family Salvatore Leone (deceased) Toni Cipriani
Joey Leone
Luigi Goterelli
Mickey Hamfists
Vincenzo Cilli(deceased)
Joseph Daniel O'Toole(deceased)
Giovanni Casa(deceased)
Maria Latore
Ma Cipriani
Liberty City
Las Venturas
Sicily (Formerly)
San Andreas
Liberty City Stories
Forelli Family Franco Forelli
Sonny Forelli (deceased)

Giorgio Forelli
Mike Forelli (deceased)
Marco Forelli (deceased)
Forelli Capo (deceased)

Liberty City
Las Venturas
Vice City (Formerly)
Vice City
San Andreas
Liberty City Stories
Vice City Stories
Sindacco Family Paulie Sindacco (deceased) Johnny Sindacco (deceased)
Joseph Daniel O'Toole (deceased)
Las Venturas
Liberty City (Formerly)
San Andreas
Liberty City Stories
Sicilian Mafia Uncle Leone Massimo Torini(deceased) Sicily (Formerly)
Liberty City (Formerly)
Liberty City Stories
Vercetti Family Tommy Vercetti Lance Vance (deceased)
Ken Rosenberg (formerly)
Avery Carrington (deceased)
Vice City Vice City
Pavano Family Mary Valvona Arthur Zepulla
Mario Venturella
Vito Menotti
Alderney, Liberty City
Lupisella Family Mark Lupisella Vincent Lupisella
Sonny Onorato
Moe Schwartz
Bohan, Liberty City
The Ballad of Gay Tony (mentioned)
Gambetti Family Jon Gravelli (deceased) Sammy Bottino
Rosario Zito
Algonquin, Liberty City
Messina Family Harvey Noto Harry Hall
Mark Volpe
Jimmy Capra (deceased)
Dukes, Liberty City
Chinatown Wars
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Ancelotti Family Giovanni Ancelotti Charles Matteo (deceased)
Anthony Spoleto (deceased)
Frank Garone (deceased)
Rocco Pelosi (Formerly)
Vincenzo Pelosi (deceased)
Alderney, Liberty City
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Pegorino Family Jimmy Pegorino (deceased) Phil Bell (Formerly)
Ray Boccino (deceased)
Anthony Corrado (deceased)
Alderney, Liberty City GTA IV
The Lost and Damned
Bonelli Family Enzo Bonelli (deceased) N/A Los Santos GTA V


  • In GTA: San Andreas all gangs have 3 models of gang members but the Mafia have 4 instead of 3.
  • In most games, the mafia families often appear as an antagonistic gang toward the protagonist, with the exception of Leone Family in GTA San Andreas and Liberty City Stories, and The Commission in Grand Theft Auto IV, which all of them were neutral gangs.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is the only game which the player works for the mafia in the entire storyline, the Leone Family.
  • In GTA San Andreas one of the Mafia members would often comment about his appetite and gluttony.
  • There is a glitch in GTA San Andreas, there is a way to gain more gang territory throughout the state of San Andreas. To exploit the glitch, fly a plane into the southwest or southeast corners of the map, and continue onwards in the respective direction; continue this for a long period (30 minutes is suggested), then either fly back (which will take a long time), or drown oneself after the 30-minute mark. After returning or awaking at a hospital, a glitch will have occurred, and there will be gang territories visible all over San Andreas. The Italian Mafia can now be encountered in Las Venturas, usually wielding Pistols and Desert Eagles, and driving a variety of European luxury cars.
  • The Italian Mafia is easily the most powerful gang in Liberty City, even surpassing the heavily armed Russian Mafia, having the largest amount of members and being very well armed, but not as well the Russian Mafia though. They are much better with their weapons, being surgically precise at almost any range. They are also better at fighting and in combat.

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