Genco Olive Oil
Genco Olive Oil is an American importer of Olive Oil products from Corleone, Sicily. Its headquarters were on Mott Street, Little Italy. It eventually grew to become the largest olive-oil importer in the nation. The Company was a front for the family’s criminal activities and its more shady operations were carried out by Salvatore Tessio and Peter Clemenza. The company became incredibly successful during the 1930s, after defeating Salvatore Maranzano in an event that would later be known as the Olive Oil War.
In 1923, Vito Corleone visits Sicily for the first time since emigrating. He and business partner Tommasino are admitted to Don Ciccio’s compound, ostensibly to ask for Ciccio’s blessing on their olive oil business. Vito exacts his childhood vengeance by knifing Ciccio after revealing his old identity, but Tommasino is shot in the leg and suffers a permanent disability during their escape.
Genco Pura Olive Oil Company was a front company formed by Vito Corleone in the 1920s. It was named after his childhood friend and consigliere, Genco Abbandando. Genco Abbandando was the first consigliere of the Corleone family, and a childhood friend of Vito Corleone.
Genco and Vito in 1917.
Young Tessio, Vito and Clemenza.