the story is based very loosely...
on a real bunch of kids from 'little italy' on the s.side of chgo. My sister went out with one of the guys and every year they get together and have dinner at Tufanos, an old established neighborhood restraunt. Alot of the 'boys' eat there also. The police eat there too. Whats funny is that the gangsters and the cops dress and look the same. (the cops have radios on they're belts.)
They talk about the good old days and the crazy sheet they used to do. They all spoke glowingly of Bogart, said he was really descent to them and was a regular guy. They laughed and made light of the author, who they thought was a little too serious. And the food was marvelous, made special for them, not on the menu. The atmosphere was great. This is no tourist little italy trap, this place was there since the neighborhood turned italian. There is no sign or neon lights. There's no need to advertise this place, although the university of Ill. has eaten up alot of the old hood and though alot of the students eat there now, it hasn't lost its authenticity. And you might bump into Tony Bennett or a sports great or maybe somebody a little infamous.