Lonely Planet Writer

Police seize mafia-owned restaurant in Rome

Anti-mafia investigators have seized control of a restaurant near the Pantheon in Rome, which is popular with tourists.

The Pantheon, Rome.
The Pantheon, Rome. Image by Patrick Finnegan / CC BY 2.0

It is the third restaurant in the area to be seized; all were owned by Calabrian businessman Salvatore Lania, who is believed to have links with Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia. According to a local merchant: ‘The rents are so dear around here only the mafia can afford them. Leases change hands all the time, with various people stepping in, but we all know who’s behind them.’ Read more: ansa.it