Vito Bonventre (1875 – July 15, 1930) was a New York mobster involved in bootlegging with Brooklyn mobster Cola Schiro throughout the Prohibition era.
He was the Cousin of Bonanno Underboss Giovanni Bonventre and uncle to Bonnano Capo Cesare Bonventre. Vito is also Joe Bonnano's Cousin. Vito Bonventre was the boss of a crime family which later became the Bonanno crime family from 1911-1915, he resigned as boss and held the position of underboss from 1915-1930.
Bonventre later served as underboss to New York mob boss Salvatore Maranzano during the Castellammarese War. During the early months of the war, Bonventre became a target as the Brooklyn-based Castellammarese began to threaten Giuseppe Masseria's domination over Italian organized crime.
On July 15, 1930, Bonventre was gunned down by Masseria gunmen outside his garage. Bonventre is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.
In popular culture
He was portrayed by John Vamvas in the 1999 television movie Bonanno: A Godfather's Story.