Chicago Restaurant Owner Says No to 'Mob Wives'

Italian-American group praises the decision

By Al Romero
|  Thursday, Dec 8, 2011  |  Updated 8:35 AM CDT
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Restaurant Owner Says No to 'Mob Wives'

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The owner of Gene and Georgetti's steakhouse apparently has a big beef with a new show.

The producers of  VH1's "Mob Wives" recently approached restaurant owner Tony Durpetti to ask if they could film in his restaurant for a Chicago spin-off, reported the Sun-Times. 

He gave them a big fat no.

Louis H. Rago, president of the Italian American Human Relations Foundation of Chicago, praised the decision, saying he is tired of negative stereotypes about Italians on television.

Other Chicago restaurant owners also have said they would not participate with the show.

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