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

"Ma" Cipriani is an unseen character in the Grand Theft Auto series. She is a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto III and a main character in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.


Ma Cipriani is the widowed mother of Toni Cipriani, the protagonist of GTA Liberty City Stories. Ma owns a restaurant in Saint Mark's, Portland Island, Liberty City, which plays host to some meetings of the Leone Family.

Early Life

Ma Cipriani began operating her restaurant, presumably with her husband, in 1968. Ma Cipriani works in the kitchen of the restaurant: "While his (Toni's) mother slaved away in the kitchen, producing masterpiece after masterpiece" [1]. Ma Cipriani continued to operate the restaurant whilst also raising her son Toni. Ma complains that Toni is too girly and will never be as good as his father [2]. However, in 1994, Ma Cipriani loses all contact with Toni after he killed 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, Ma 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 Ma Cipriani thinking less of Toni, with Ma Cipriani saying that whether Casa wears a diaper or not that he's still a better man than Toni.

Ma 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, Ma 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.

Ma 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, Ma Cipriani had complained about Toni not moving back in with her and about his weight. Ma 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", in Italian, means "Florence."

Mission Appearances

GTA Liberty City Stories



  • Ma Cipriani could possibly be inspired by the character Olivia "Livia" Soprano from the HBO TV series The Sopranos. Like Livia, Ma Cipriani is a manipulative mother for the main protagonist, she called a hit on her own son and still mourns her husband.
  • Ma Cipriani's name is never revealed. As mentioned before, Salvatore Leone says, in GTA III, that Toni's mother is 'strong. Firenze'. Firenze is the Italian name of Florence, in Tuscany. It is unclear as to why Salvatore says so. It could imply that she is native of that city, although she probably moved to Sicily later in her life, since the Cipiriani family is Sicilian of descent. Possibly, 'Firenze' was a mispronounciation (and misspell in the subtitles) for 'Fiorenza', which is an Italian given name. If this is the case, then Ma Cipriani's name could be Fiorenza. Her surname as a nubile, however, remains unknown.


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