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Angelo Lutz is trying to make a hit in the restaurant world with a new Mafia-themed Italian eatery in New Jersey. Lutz, known ...
as Fat Ange, served nearly seven years in federal prison for racketeering. (Oct. 31)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYCollingswood, New Jersey - 23 October 20131. Medium shot of Lutz walking around restaurant talking to customers2. Various shots of cook in kitchen working with dishes on stove3. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Angleo Lutz / Restaurant Owner (transcript below)4. Closeup of The Kitchen Consigliere restaurant sign5. Wide shot of outside restaurant6. Medium shot of customers going through restaurant doorsFILEAP PHOTOS - NO ACCESS CANADA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 20 July 20017. Still of Angelo Lutz in dark suit, entering federal court. He was only defendant free on bail during the trial of reputed mob boss Joseph Merline and others.AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYCollingswood, New Jersey - 23 October 20138. Closeup of website for Lutz's fundraising project on Indiegogo website, which raised $35,000 for his restaurant expansion9. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) George Anastasia, former mob reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer (transcript below)AP PHOTOS - NO ACCESS CANADA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 2 July 200110. Still of Angelo Lutz heading to court to testify in the Joseph "Skinny" Merlino trial. Merlino and other defendants are charged in a 36-count racketeering indictment with murder, attempted murder, extortion, illegal gambling, AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYCollingswood, New Jersey - 23 October 201311. Closeup of light scones with base in shape of guns12. Medium shot of Lutz in Mafia mural next fictional godfathers Don Corleone and Tony Soprano13. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Angelo Lutz / Restaurant Owner (transcript below)14. Lutz in the kitchen15. SOUNDBITE: Angelo Lutz, restaurant owner: (COVERED WITH VIDEO) transcript below.16. Medium shot of customers and servers inside restaurant17. Wide shot of Chef Angelo Lutz taking a picture with customers18. SOUNDBITE: Peggy Crowell / Customer (transcript below)19. Tight shot of restaurant sign20. Lutz greeting customers.21. Different angle inside restaurant(VOICEOVER)ANGELO LUTZ HAS ALWAYS LOVED COOKING. HE EVEN COOKED IN PRISON WHILE SERVING NEARLY EIGHT YEARS FOR A MAFIA-RELATED RACKETEERING CONVICTION. SOUNDBITE: Angelo Lutz: restaurant owner"The government considered me a gangster. The government considered me a mob associate. But what I am now is a businessman."AFTER HE GOT OUT IN 2008, LUTZ OPENED THE KITCHEN CONSIGLIERE (CON-SIL-YAIR'-EE) RESTAURANT IN THE PHILADELPHIA SUBURB OF COLLINGSWOOD, N.J.IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL, HE TRIED TO EXPAND. BUT LUTZ SAYS HE COULDN'T GET A BANK LOAN BECAUSE OF HIS STATUS AS A CONVICTED FELON. SO HE TURNED TO FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CROWD FUNDING TO FINANCE THE NEW LOCATION, WHICH JUST OPENED.SOUNDBITE: George Anastasia, former mob reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer:"But, he's worked really hard to make it happen. He believes in second chances, and this is his second chance. And he's trying to make it work."LUTZ DOESN'T FUHGEDDABOUT HIS PAST; HE EMBRACES IT. HIS MAFIA-THEMED EATERIE BOASTS GUN SCONCES AND A MURAL PLACING HIM NEXT TO FICTIONAL GODFATHERS TONY SOPRANO AND DON CORLEONE.SOUNDBITE: Angelo Lutz, restaurant owner: "The restaurant is me. People come here to see me. I embrace people, I walk, I talk, I tell stories, I hug, I kiss, I take pictures, I get glasses of wine. AND WHAT HAPPENS IF A CUSTOMER IS A WISE GUY?SOUNDBITE: Angelo Lutz, restaurant owner:"You don't like something? I take it back to the kitchen, tell them to cook it again." LUTZ SAYS SOME CUSTOMERS COME FIRST OUT OF CURIOSITY. BUT, HE SAYS, THEY END UP COMING BACK FOR MORE.SOUNDBITE, customer Peggy Crowell: "The food is great. It's real Italian food. You really feel like you're getting Grandma's Italian recipe when you come to Kitchen Consigliere."LUTZ MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. ON OPENING NIGHT LAST WEEK (10/23), THE PLACE WAS MOBBED.MATT FRIEDMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS