Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mafalda Capone Maritote


Mafalda, named after an Italian princess, was the youngest Capone sibling and the only sister. Born 13 years after Al, she grew up spoiled, and retained a reputation as a profane and sharp-tongued woman throughout her life.

Born in New York, Mafalda arrived in Chicago with the rest of her family as a toddler. She attended the old Lucy Flower Vocational High School on the West side, once one of the city's best (it was closed in the late 1990s).

On December 14, 1930, she was married at the church pictured here, St. Mary's of Czestochowa, at 3010 S. 48th Ct., in Cicero. Located in the family-run town, but safely in the Polish section of town, near the Chicago border, St. Mary's provided a safe locale for the wedding event of the year. Mafalda wore a satin gown with a 25-foot train and carried a bouquet of 400 flowers down the aisle, where she was given away by her brother Ralph. At the time, Al feared arrest in Chicago and so did not attend.

The groom was John Maritote, the younger brother of a Capone organization affiliate Frank "Diamond" Maritote, who later went to prison in the Bioff/Brown Hollywood extortion case in 1943.

Mafalda was a loyal Capone family apologist throughout her life, although she was never directly known to be involved in any racketeering. Later in life she ran a successful bakery and catering service. She passed in early 1988.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for this site~ My Grandfather was Albert Capone and I remember going to Aunt Mafalda's bakery when I was a very young child. She used to give us candy necklaces! I wish I had more info on my family on this side but unfortunately I don't. My father, Albert's only Son, Robert Francis Rayola, divorced my Mom when I was a toddler and we had little contact with him, except for visits to see Grandpa Al.

R G Maffei said...

We may have a photo of your Aunt Malfalda in her wedding dress. The wedding cake of a cruise ship has both sir names on two smoke stacks and we always thought it was one of the capone brothers cake and now we realize it may have been Malfaldas wedding photo with her new husband. rgmaffe@yahoo.com

franci x maritote said...

To anonymous, I do have a picture of your father when he was about ten. He is dressed in a hat and suit. Mafalda was my aunt also, being married to John, my father's brother. contact me if you would like a copy or to look at the photo. Frank

Anonymous said...

Do any of you know anything about your Auntie here in Half Moon Bay, Calif??? Rumor has it that she and her husband John had a speakeasy/restaurant here on the San Mateo Coast many years ago.

Anonymous said...

Where was Mafalda's shop?

Anonymous said...

Called the Moon Dream?

Kendall said...

The rumors I've heard (and to which other commenters refer) are that Mafalda Maritote opened a bakery and cafe called the "Moon Dream" in Half Moon Bay, CA (bay area) during the 1950s or possibly as late as the 1960s.

I'd be happy to see any evidence confirming or denying these rumors, though, if anyone knows of such evidence.

Anonymous said...

I am working on a little project about the coast (no, not a book)and have recently heard the rumor of the Moon Dream Cafe. I dropped by the place and took a self-guided tour. The park ranger there (it is now a ranger station at the entrance of a state beach)confirmed that she had heard the story too.

Is there any way to confirm it. According to the several books I have read on the subject, the coastside was the #1 port for illegal booze on the entire west coast.

I ran into Bev Cunha the other day (her family name is on most buildings, schools, and streets in town)and she told me that back when she was a young girl, she was told to stay clear of the place because of the gangsters that hung out there. She insists that it was during the forties and not fifties. Any help would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

My Grandmother was Marie Mc Caffer (nae Maritoe).Daughter of Frank Maritote. I was wondering if you possible have any photos of her as a child. We have none.

allyblog said...

Hello~ It's me~ with the original comment about my Father, Robert Francis Rayola. I'd love to see a picture or have a copy of both Aunt Mafaldo in her wedding dress and my father as a boy of 10.

I forgot I'd posted and found this again when looking for info on my father. We don't have many pictures at all as many were lost in a move a long time ago. Thank you, Allyson

Anonymous said...

i have an interesting story concerning Mafalda. Does anyone know if she was pregnant before or when she was married? My Great Grandfather was "close" to her then suddenly had to leave town with his wife and 2 children (my grandfather) because a hit was put on the entire family. Rumors have been out there for as long as I remember, but didn''t get the full story since everyone was sworn to secreacy many yrs ago. My great aunt died almost 2yrs ago and spilled the beans on her death bed. Obviously my sur name has been changed and have just learned it recently. by the way he was irish, direct from Irland as a young man.

Sara said...

Hi. Great site. I was wondering if there are any photos of Mafalda with her friends during their teen years, possibly early 20's. My great aunt was very good friends with Mafalda at this time. Her name was Mildred "Millie" Prochaska. Thank you.

GRC said...

@ Anomymous from July 14, 2009

I would like to speak with you. I have a couple of questions about my family for you. I'm certain you can help me with the answers. How do we get in touch with one another?

Unknown said...

My grandmother, Frances Gustafson, was one of Mafalda's teachers (I'm not sure what grade). After she passed away in the early 1980s, we found among her belongings an invitation to Mafalda's wedding that she had saved all those years. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the wedding, because my father was born, very premature, on December 10, 1930, and she was still in the hospital.

Anonymous said...

I myself would like to know if any Nephew or niece of Al Capone or Mafalda were born in Italy and married in Italy and around 1940s lived in U.S. and last name was changed to Naracci, Naraci, my grandma was born in Pennsylvania United States and she said US changed her name she too is named Marie like Dreidre Marie Capone

Anonymous said...

I'm the same one tat has a grandma born in Pennsylvania, she said Al Capone was he Great Uncle

Anonymous said...

If you post as anonymous, you're just a wannabe.

Anonymous said...

Im surprised this thread is so ongoing. Stumbled on it doing a search. I have seen original photos of their wedding by the hired photographer.. If interested I can post but it might be a week or two.

Lisa Hoffman said...

Would anyone know of the parents or sibling names to Mafalda's grandmother Cardino Alfani

Lisa Hoffman said...

Lisa HoffmanJanuary 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM
Would anyone know of the parents or sibling names to Mafalda's grandmother Cardino Alfani

mike francisco said...

Strange??? how could Mafalda be in Half Moon Bay, Calif.---when she and John lived on south 103rd street in Chicago and own a deli on Western ave., which was burned or Bomb? in the late 1950's? I know because I rented the building after it was remodeled and open the Jazz Night club "The Black-eyed Pea" in 1959.
It's alway funny to hear "these rummers"----I was born in 1931 grew-up in the Taylor & Halsted area and knew, as a young boy, many of the aging (in the forties) "42 gang". Oh, by the way, I had many a dring at Fox's Pub on Cicero Ave.--Mike Francisco May 2, 2013

mike francisco said...

To clear up a few "doubting Thomas" the address on the Western ave. deli was 10232 So. Western Ave. I think the incident with the police officer in 1957,just may been a connection to the fire--Just a thought. And the Fox's Pub where I lifted a few was in the Cicero Ave location in Oak Lawn.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Mafalda ever lived on university ave in san jose,ca.? I've heard stories that she did but never knew if they were true. I live in the area and am very curious to know.

Gene Mazzei said...

Wonderful and interesting comments. Sure hate throwing more fuel on the fire, BUT, in Santa Cruz, Ca in 1951-52 I remember meeting a nice lady on King Street that was rumored to be Al Capones sister. The sister was married to a man named Sam Miano and lived on the corner of King and Otis Streets. Help someone.

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law, Italian, always told me that she was the granddaughter of Al carnal, his mother's name was Mary Elizabeth Capone, I tried several matches but have not found anything, this Mary Elizabeth was born in Sardinia, namely the island of La Maddalena, probably will have been the daughter of a brother of Al, because Al had only 2 sisters, Rose and Mafalda, we know something about a brother of Al returned to Italy? could respond to this post? thank you very

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law, Italian, always told me that she was the granddaughter of Al carnal, his mother's name was Mary Elizabeth Capone, I tried several matches but have not found anything, this Mary Elizabeth was born in Sardinia, namely the island of La Maddalena, probably will have been the daughter of a brother of Al, because Al had only 2 sisters, Rose and Mafalda, we know something about a brother of Al returned to Italy? could respond to this post? thank you very

rocco said...

Im alphonse's great great nephew and I live in maryland

Anonymous said...

Mafelda built and lived in the building at 9956 S. Western Av. Chicago. Fox's Pizza opened there in about 1966-7. Mafelda lived in the upstairs apartment. She and Tom Fox didn't get along well as he walled off her inside entrance to the 1st floor busines. She molved out shortly after. Fox's Pizza is there to this day.

Anonymous said...

When we knew her first, she had her business on 102nd and Western ave, much smaller than the her new location on 99th and Western. We remember Mafalda as Mae and John was always there keeping an eye on things. She always gave us a little extra, or sometimes as noted in a previous post, some freebies, particularly to young kids.

Jerry said...

I have a beautiful picture of my uncle Johnny and aunt mafalda wedding my mother was the flower girl in the wedding she also was Al's God daughter the picture is of them walking out of the church if any of the family members would like a copy contact me @ jerrycnavarro@hotmail.com

Deirdre Marie Capone said...

So many of this posts are false. My aunt Maffy, never had a bakery in California in fact she never lived there. She was not pregnant when she married John. The wedding cake and gown facts are true.
Allison I do have information about your father. Contact me over my website, www.unclealcapone.com

Tara said...

I was wondering if anyone has pictures of Mafalda with her child hood friends, my grandmother used to play with her in Chicago. My grandmothers name was AnnaJune Bauer she also went by Micky. If you think you do I would love to get a copy of one for are family tree, it was a cool memory when my grandma would talk about her childhood in Chicago. you can contact me at ozkee8@yahoo.com TIA

Msgr. Robert Cokinis said...

Frank the "Diamond" was my aunt Francis father. I came to realize the connections after I began renting the Casa Madrid speakeasy (in famous bookee joint for the Maywood Park Race Track) litered with tunnels throughout the City of Melrose Park IL outside Chicago. Capone evaded Johnny & Mafalda's lavish Palmer House weding, as he knew Elliot Ness & an army of FBI we're prepared to greet him there! He however built a mansion for 'Auntie May & Uncle Johnny' in Kenosha WI where family members often visited when coming through the area.

The Maritote girls owned a very prosperous restaurant in Schiller Park IL called "Pasta Vino".
It was demolished to make way for an hotel, now standing on the property housing a resaurant / nightclub known as "Pal Joey's"and the seafood is terrific along with great Sinatra & Old Italian music...you must GO!

Franks son Roger Maritote was a successful lawyer in Roselle, IL who passed around 2003. At his funeral the scrap book of Frank was brought from mothballs by his daughters but for very, very,
limited viewing.

As a Bishop I do pray for the sins of my family members... yet as all sinners they are entitled to the forgiveness & grace upon their souls as well as those they have harmed or killed. This is our Catholic Faith. AMEN+

Tonguenclaw said...

to franci x maritote who posted comment on October 9, 2009 at 3:13 p.m.

I believe I know you if you worked downtown on Lasalle street for many years.

I have not seen you since 2008 when I left due to a motorcycle accident.

Natalie