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Ma Cipriani
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Full name: Ma Cipriani
Also known as: Momma Cipriani


Place of birth: Unknown
Home: Saint Mark's, Portland Island, Liberty City
Family: Unnamed husband (deceased)
Toni Cipriani (son)
Affiliations: Leone Family
Businesses: Momma's Restaurante
Voiced by: Sondra James

Ma Cipriani is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who can be heard in both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, although she is not seen. Ma Cipriani is the mother of Toni Cipriani, the protagonist of GTA Liberty City Stories, and is a widow. She owns a restaurant in Saint Mark's, Portland Island, Liberty City, which plays host to some meetings of the Leone Family. Sondra James voices Ma Cipriani in both games.

Ma Cipriani began operating her restaurant, presumably with her husband, in 1968. Ma Cipriani works in the kitchen of the restaurant: "While his (Toni's) mother slaved away in the kitchen, producing masterpiece after masterpiece" [1]. Ma Cipriani continued to operate the restaurant whilst also raising her son Toni. Ma Cipriani beat Toni regularly, as a child and an adult, complaining that Toni is too girly and will never be as good as his father [2].

However, in 1994, Ma Cipriani loses all contact with Toni, after he killed a leading member of the Mafia. When Toni reappears, he does not immediately go to see his mother, which angers her. When he does visit, Ma Cipriani lays into him for not calling whilst he was away. She then compares Toni to his father and mob men in Liberty City, including Giovanni Casa, saying that Toni doesn't match up to either of them. Toni then sets out to prove his mother wrong, by taking pictures of Giovanni Casa in a diaper chasing two prostitutes. However, this backfires with Ma Cipriani thinking less of Toni, with Ma Cipriani saying that whether Casa wears a diaper or not that he's still a better man than Toni.

Ma Cipriani continues to berate her son Toni, by having him kill two groups of Triads, winning a street race, killing Dan Sucho and killing Giovanni Casa for not paying protection money. However, Ma Cipriani still does not think of Toni as a man, and eventually calls a hit on him, which Toni survives. She eventually calls off the hit after Toni becomes a made man (in the mission Making Toni).

Ma Cipriani also phones into Chatterbox, a talk show on Liberty City Free Radio in 1998, complaining to Lazlow that Toni won't move back in with her. After being called Grandma, she threatens "Lazarus", saying that she just put a hit on his head. This is unlikely, since Lazlow was still hosting Chatterbox FM in October 2001.

By 2001, the setting of Grand Theft Auto III, Toni Cipriani had moved back in with his mother at her restaurant, and had noticeably gained weight; in GTA Liberty City Stories, Ma Cipriani had complained about Toni not moving back in with her and about his weight. Ma Cipriani had not stopped complaining about Toni however, still comparing him to his father and saying that he was not a real man. In the same year, Toni phones Lazlow of Chatterbox FM, complaining about his mother berating him.

Mission appearances

GTA Liberty City Stories

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