Welcome to Cha Cha's
The online Official home of actor, director, producer John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia. You may also know him as “The Unofficial Mayor of New York’s Little Italy.” Mulberry Street in Little Italy is where his landmark restaurant, Cha Cha’s in Bocca Al Lupo Outdoor Cafe’ is located, is well known for having New York City's best gelatto.
John Ciarcia, whom most of us know as Cha Cha began his career as a boxing promoter, one of his earliest endeavors was managing the fighting career of television celebrity, Tony Danza (this was prior to being cast in the hit sitcom “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss”). The Madison Square Garden announcer John Condon, affectionately gave Cha Cha the nick name “The Unofficial Mayor of Little Italy” during one of the numerous boxing events held at the Garden.
John Cha Cha Ciarcia is best known in lower Manhattan as the guy you go to when you need something done! Whether it be helping young Italian immigrants learn their way through the streets of New York or casting over 400 extras for a Martin Scorcese film production, Cha Cha has always been the one to count on!
John Cha Cha Ciacia's career made the transition to acting. One of Cha Cha's earler appearances was in Martin Scorcese’s 1990 film, "Goodfellas". Cha Cha was part of the movie’s most memorable scene, as a member of Billy Batt’s (Frank Vincent) crew, he is sitting next to Billy Batts when the memorable line “Go get your shinebox” was said. This movie went on to win several prestigious awards which included an Academy Award, Directors Guild of America Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe, among others.
Cha Cha’s film career didn’t end here. He is the Producer of the film “Mamamia” which won “Best Short Film Award” at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (Tony Danza was the Director and also starred in it). The film “Men Lie” which he also produced, won numerous film awards at the film festivals held in Houston , Charleston, South Carolina and Fort Lauderdale. This movie featured actors, Michael Imperioli and Michael Badalucco.
Presently, Cha Cha has been cast as
Albie Cianflone, in the sixth and seventh season of HBO award winning series, "The Sopranos" where once again he is paired up again with Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo) as part of his New York mafia crew. John Cha Cha Ciarcia, recently completed filming on the movie, "Spy" and "They're Just My Friends".