A tip for all the Tony Sopranos out there: If you decide to flip, testify to the feds, and then enjoy every mobster's retirement dream -- running a pizza shop named "Goomba's" in Florida, naturally -- try to keep your temper under control behind the front counter. All your hard work setting up a new life in the Sunshine State goes out the window when you pistol-whip an angry customer half to death on video.
Joey Calco, a former hitman for the Bonano crime family, has learned this lesson the hard way. He just got whacked with six months in federal prison for beating the hell out of a customer at his Palm City shop who had complained about a calzone.
The attack above went down on Jan. 23, 2009 inside Calco's shop -- yeah, it was really called Goomba's Pizza -- south of Jacksonville.
The customer had been angrily complaining about a calzone, the New York Daily News reports, when Calco's mobster instincts kicked in and he destroyed the guy with a gun he was definitely not supposed to own as a former mobster under witness protection.
Prosecutors last Thursday told a judge that Calco deserved serious prison time over the beat-down considering what a gift of a second chance he'd already gotten.
"He was allowed to have a second chance," U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri said, according to the Daily News. "A dispute about food? Come on. It was a horrible beating."
Indeed, Calco was indicted back in 1999 on federal charges of racketeering, distributing cocaine and pot, and conspiring to murder another mobster named Dino Serracino.
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He agreed to help the feds convict dozens of his associates -- including goons nicknamed "Little Joey" and "Gonzo" and Bonano boss Anthony Spero.
In exchange, they set him up in Palm City with the new name "Joseph Milano" and a small pizza shop to run.
Now, Calco's headed to the federal pen, where he'll presumably need solitary quarters to avoid a knife in the back.