Category Archives: Mario Vellutini

I ran this photo in an earlier post. On the right stands Dante Dianda, the “Artichoke King” whose ranch was located in El Granada. But I did not know who the man beside him was. The photo was given to … Continue reading

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John Patroni Was Princeton's "Padrone" During Prohibition Part II

In an earlier post I wrote about Mario Vellutini who worked for John Patroni, also known as “Big Daddy”. Patroni owned the aptly named Patroni House, a prohibition roadhouse that once stood where the Half Moon Bay Brewery is located … Continue reading

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Princeton's John Patroni Was Princeton's "Padrone" During Prohibition

Mario Vellutini in the front yard of his El Granada home. I used to watch Mario Vellutini bending over in the fields bordering Highway 1 in El Granada. That’s where wild daisies the color of butter grew in abundance, waist-high. … Continue reading

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