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Police Seize 'La Dolce Vita' Cafe For Mafia Ties

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ROME (AP) - Italian authorities have seized some €200 million ($284 million) in assets and businesses owned by the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate, including the Cafe de Paris of "La Dolce Vita" movie fame.

Rome police said Wednesday they also impounded 12 other restaurants, apartments and luxury cars.

The Cafe de Paris became a symbol of La Dolce Vita, or "the sweet life," in the 1960s. The glitzy nightlife on Rome's upscale Via Veneto where the restaurant is located was immortalized by Federico Fellini's 1960 movie.

Anti-mafia prosecutors say mobsters are snapping up real estate in high-rent Rome neighborhoods. The 'ndrangheta, based in the southern Calabria region, has eclipsed other mob organizations in power and reach.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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