Francis Guerra, a Colombo associate and ex-husband of a part-owner of the pizzeria, accused an associate of the Bonanno family, Eugene Lombardo, of using the coveted L&B sauce recipe at his Staten Island pizzeria, the Square. Lombardo’s sons had worked at L&B before working for the Square, and Guerra believed that when they left they took the secret L&B sauce recipe with them.
The debate was resolved at a sit-down meeting between the two families. The Colombos asked the Lombardos to give them either part ownership of the Square, or $75,000, a hefty price for the theft of family secrets. The Lombardos opted for the latter, but only paid $4,000 of that sum.