The Vario Crew was one of the Mafia groups. It operated in New York City, United States. This group was founded by the Lucchese Mafia Family and worked under the supervision of Capo-regime Paul Vario. It started working in 1950s and continued till 1980s.
The territory of Vario Crew spread out to different neighborhoods of Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island. The members usually were made men and associates of the Italian and Italian-American ethnicity. However the actual number of members is unknown.
The Bonanno, Colombo, Genovese and Gambino families were its allies.
The Vario Crew was actively involved in various criminal activities including bookmaking, burglary, cargo theft, cigarette smuggling, conspiracy, drug trafficking, extortion, fencing, gambling, hotel robbery, hijacking, jewelry heist, labor racketeering, loan sharking, and murder.
Paul Vario served as an Underboss from 1969 to 1979. Then in 1984, he got sentenced for 12 years and eventually he died on 3rd May 1988. Vito ‘Tuddy’ Vario took over the crew as an acting boss from 1980 till 1988; he was the younger brother of Paul Vario. From 1988 through 1991, Alphonse ‘Little Al’ D’Arco first served as a Street Boss and then got promoted to Acting Boss. He got arrested in July 1991 and at the end, he became a government witness. From 1991 till today, Domenico ‘Danny’ Cutaia is the current boss.
The Vario Crew carried out their activities from several different places including the Bargain Auto Junkyard, Euclid Taxi Cab Company, Henry Hill’s night club The Suit, Jimmy Burke’s Robert’s Lounge and Kew Motor Inn.