The mob life can make one a little paranoid. Whether it's fretting about getting pinched by the feds or getting whacked by a rival the wise guys are always looking over their shoulder and questioning every situation. Heck, Carlo Gambino could not even enjoy planning the November 1968 wedding reception at the Plaza Hotel in New York for his son Carl Jr. without getting suspicious when the event planner asked innocuous questions.
Carlo Gambino had three sons -- Carl Jr., Joseph and Thomas -- and the mob boss took all three with him to meet an event planner at the Plaza Hotel to discuss the wedding reception for Carl Jr. and Carmela Zuccarello. Carmela's parents Simone and Giovanna (maiden name Brusca) Zuccarello had immigrated to the United States from Palermo, Italy, and arrived on November 28, 1955 on T.S.S. Olympia. The event planner previously had arranged the wedding reception for Joseph Gambino and his bride Arlene in 1962 at the Biltmore Hotel but since had moved on to the Plaza Hotel. He reportedly told the FBI "that he is aware of the GAMBINO reputation as being Mafia members and as they had paid their bill in the past and caused no trouble, he readily accepted their business."
Apparently the godfather exhibited a paranoid streak according to the event planner who dished to the FBI about their meeting which occurred several weeks before the November 24 wedding date:
He stated the GAMBINOs were very voluble when talking about the wedding, such as the menu, but if [event planner] asked a personal question, they were immediately on their guard and wanted to know why [event planner] wanted to know.
For example, [event planner] asked the name of the bride, and they asked why he wanted to know and he told them he was getting a charm for the bride and then they told him the bride’s name, [redacted].
He also asked where they were getting married and all they would tell him was Astoria.
The November 24 wedding ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 23-25 Newtown Avenue, and just two days later an FBI informant advised that the following reputed mobsters from various families were among those who attended: Dave Amodeo, John Angelone, Frank Mari, Joseph Colombo, Nicholas Forlano, Sam Cavalieri, Aniello Dellacroce, Guido DeCurtis, Anthony Sedotto, Joseph Paterno and Anthony Napolitano.
At the later reception at the Plaza Hotel no word on how much wedding cash the guests doled out to the married couple or whether Carlo Gambino had a taste tester.