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Gyp Rosetti is a main character in the third season of Boardwalk Empire. He is played by American actor Bobby Cannavale. Gyp Rosetti is a violent Sicilian gangster from New York City that gets in conflict with Nucky Thompson.



Gyp Rosetti was born and raised in Sperlinga, a township in north-central Sicily, Italy.[1] His family was extremely poor and lived in a cave carved on the side of a mountain, not a house.[2]

Personality-wise, Rosetti has a strong inferiority complex and a very short temper, reacting violently to comments that he perceives as disrespectful, and in particular to those that make reference to his own ignorance. Many times this isn't actually the intended meaning of those comments. By his own admission[3], Rosetti often doesn't even consider the possibility of a message being innocuous until after he has reacted already to it, his temper having clearly the upper hand over his rationality.

Season 3


Main article: Resolution

Nucky and Margaret Thompson plan a lavish Egyptian themed party on December 31, 1922 to commemorate the new year. Nucky invites his bootlegging contacts from New York, including Rosetti. Rosetti's car has a flat tire in Tabor Heights, New Jersey. His entourage of thugs and criminals attempt to change it but find the wheel nuts stuck in place by rust. A passing motorist, Mr. Johansen, offers help. Johansen inflames Rosetti's temper when he acts as though he should know that "3 in 1" refers to oil. Rosetti beats Johansen to death and takes his dog with him to Atlantic City.

Nucky's party is a huge success. The guests are delighted with the themed design. Nucky has Eddie Cantor bring Billie Kent with him to provide musical entertainment for the crowd. They pull him up for a dance, comparing him to King Tutankhamen. Gyp is not impressed when Eddie interrupts him as he tries to buy rum from Nucky.

Just before midnight Nucky assembles his bootlegging contacts in the kitchen. He tells them that because of the attention on the Harding administration he is going to be supplying Arnold Rothstein exclusively. Rosetti is incensed and delivers a tirade of abuse on Nucky and his associates before storming out. On his way to the door he gives the dog to Margaret, telling her that it is for her children. ("Resolution")

Spaghetti and Coffee

Main article: Spaghetti and Coffee

Gyp wakes up at the Kindred Lodge in Tabor Heights, New Jersey. He is met at the door by his lieutenant, Tonino, who has cold coffee and questions about their purpose in town. Gyp ignores him and approaches the gas jockey at the neighboring filling station. He ascertains that Tabor Heights is the last refueling point in New Jersey when travelling from Atlantic City to New York.

That night Gyp eats at the local diner. He is amused to find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu and tries to order some wine to go with it. Sheriff Sickles emerges from the rest room and tells Gyp that the coffee is good. Gyp settles for the legal accompaniment and jokes with Tonino that the dish is just like mama used to make.

Nucky's convoy stops in Tabor Heights as planned but they find the gas station deserted and the pumps locked. Owen tries to break in, looking for a key. Gyp emerges from the darkness with Sheriff Sickles and announces that he has bought the station and will not be supplying them. He has set up an ambush with at least a dozen armed men waiting in town. With no viable alternative, Owen turns the convoy around to head back to Atlantic City. ("Spaghetti and Coffee")

Bone for Tuna

Main article: Bone for Tuna

Nucky drives out to Tabor Heights to meet Gyp Rosetti and negotiate an end to his blockade of liquor shipments. He has the local Sheriff Victor Sickles accompany him to the meeting. Nucky criticizes Gyp's tendency to take offence so easily but offers a compromise; a final shipment of liquor as a goodwill gesture and a fully paid night in Atlantic City. Nucky awaits Gyp at Babette's Supper Club and reminisces about the dinner he held on the eve of prohibition and the lukewarm welcome he gave Jimmy as he returned from World War I. Their conversation is tense but Gyp tells Nucky that he wants to remain friends. He offers a toast to their shared good luck using the Italian phrase "A nostra buona fortuna". Gyp tries to convince Nucky to join him in a trip to Gillian's place. Nucky declines but drops him off, sharing an awkward look with Gillian on the steps. Gyp confirms that Nucky will be present when he picks up his shipment in the morning.

Gyp demands a private audience with Gillian and questions her about her relationship with Nucky. He asserts that she is paying protection money to Nucky and offers sympathy for the obvious friction between them. She reveals Eli Thompson's betrayal of Nucky and the attempt he made on his brother's life, keeping her part in the scheme to herself.

Gyp is disappointed when Nucky sends Owen with his excuses at the pickup. Gyp pointedly notes Eli's presence. When he bemoans the deal being curt, Eli says that he can christen him with a bottle of champagne. Owen delivers a good luck message from Nucky, garbling the pronunciation of the Italian as "Bone for Tuna". As Gyp leaves town he lets the perceived insult fester, convinced that Nucky is being sarcastic and intends him to fail. He stops in Tabor Heights to refuel and Sheriff Sickles drives out to meet him. Sickles wishes him good luck. Gyp believes he is being insulted again. He douses the lawman in gasoline and then sets him alight, burning him to death. ("Bone for Tuna")

Blue Bell Boy

Main article: Blue Bell Boy

The newspapers report the murder as an accident. Nucky assembles his men at Mickey Doyle's warehouse and orders them to avoid Tabor Heights and use backroads through the Pine Barrens. Mickey Doyle comes to Tabor Heights to quiz the new Sheriff, Ramsey. Mickey asks what is being done about the murder. Ramsey assures them that he will take care of Rosetti. Satisfied, Mickey plans to go against Nucky's orders. He tells his men not to stop for anything except fuel in Tabor Heights.

Eli Thompson scouts ahead of the convoy and sees that Rosetti has Ramsey's loyalty. He tries to halt the trucks but the drivers blow past him. He is powerless as he hears the sounds of them being massacred. Gyp's people strip the bodies and plan to dump them in a mass grave. Gyp himself is more concerned with deciding which of the town's waitresses to bed and decides to pursue Roberta, the redhead. ("Blue Bell Boy")


Personal life

Criminal organization



Memorable Quotes

  • "Look, another mummy!" (regarding Nucky Thompson, "Resolution")
  • Gyp Rosetti (to Arnold Rothstein): "You smug kike midget, creeping around like a fucking dentist with the aether"
    • Lucky Luciano: "Why don't you watch your fucking step...?"
    • Gyp Rosetti: "Why don't you go sit in the corner, short pants?" (turns to Nucky) "And then there's you. Fucking breadstick in a bow-tie. You pasty-faced cocksucker..." ("Resolution")
  • "I'll shit you like yesterday sausage, you bog-trotting prick." (to Owen Sleater, "Resolution")
  • "Nobody here can take a joke." ("Resolution")
  • "What's that? A gun? I got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun... Everybody got guns!" ("Spaghetti and Coffee")
  • Nucky Thompson: "I learned a long time ago, not to take things personally."
    • Gyp Rosetti: "Everyone's a person, alright? So how else could they take it?" ("Bone for Tuna")
  • "Nothing's personal? What the fuck is life, if it's not personal?!" ("Bone for Tuna")
  • "Gyp Rosetti is trouble for everyone." - Nucky Thompson (Season 3 Trailer)


Season three appearances
"Resolution" "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"