Forget about the Pizza Connection.
Decades before the Gambino and Bonanno families used pizza parlors as fronts for heroin trafficking the Genovese family was using its gay bars in Greenwich Village to move the addictive narcotic according to the new book The Mafia and the Gays by Phillip Crawford Jr. which is available as a Kindle e-book or a trade paperback. The book relies in part on recently-released FBI documents, and an excerpt provides:
The right-hand man to Vito Genovese was Anthony "Tony Bender" Strollo, and he allegedly oversaw the crime family's gay bar rackets and heroin trafficking operations in Greenwich Village during the 1950s. A June 1960 FBI report on Anthony Strollo provides: "the principal activities in this group were reportedly the importation and wholesale distribution of narcotics and the ownership and operation of restaurants, bars, night clubs and after-hour establishments." The report further alleges that the drugs were run out of the clubs, and states "Joseph Cataldo, with alias 'Joe the Wop,' reportedly operated Tony Pastor's night club as part of the syndicate and supplied narcotics to several out-of-town customers." Innocenzio Stopelli or "Johnny the Bug" was another major trafficker for the Genovese family, and federal agents with the Bureau of Narcotics frequently spotted him at Tony Pastor's Club at 130 West 3rd Street. The liquor authority later revoked its license according to a March 18, 1967 article ("Liquor License Is Revoked At Tony Pastor's Night Spot") from The New York Times because the operator "permitted the licensed premises to become disorderly in that it permitted homosexuals, degenerates and undesirables to be on the license premises and conduct themselves in an offensive and indecent manner."
Let's just call it the Pansy Connection.