The Er Faciolaro restaurant, located between the Trevi Fountain and ancient Rome's Pantheon, is seen closed in Rome March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italian police Thursday closed down two of Rome's best-known tourist restaurants and seized assets worth 210 million euros ($224 million) in twin moves against the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate's money laundering operations.The national anti-mafia unit said the two restaurants, La Rotonda and Er Faciolaro, were controlled by alleged mobster Salvatore Lania and used to recycle millions of euros generated by what is now Italy's most powerful criminal organization. A recent study by Coldiretti, the body which represents Italian farmers, estimated that at least 5,000 restaurants, bars and other eating places across Italy are in the hands of organized crime.Anyone eating at the two Rome restaurants would have had no idea that they were run by the mob.
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