Hundreds gather at wake for slain Spumoni Gardens co-owner Louis Barbati

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DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The family of Louis Barbati is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of the popular co-owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens.

A steady stream of family and friends entered the Scarpaci Funeral Home to say goodbye to a beloved member of the neighborhood.

The co-owner of Spumoni Gardens was gunned down in front of his Dyker Heights home Thursday night.

"He was loved by so many, help us find his killer," a family spokesman said outside the funeral home.

Louis Barbati, 61, was carrying a bag with $10,000 cash and a loaf of bread.

Both types of dough were left behind and the NYPD's chief of detectives called Barbati's killing a botched robbery but others within the NYPD aren't so sure.

"The number of shots fired and the fact that surveillance video shows the gunman was waiting for him, plus it's a neighborhood known for organized crime figures," PIX11 crime consultant Wally Zeins said.

Zeins, a retired NYPD detective sergeant, pointed out the police presence outside the funeral home.

Many have wondered if Barbati's killing had anything to do with a potential mob war over an allegedly stolen L&B pizza sauce recipe that was revealed in a federal extortion trial four years ago.

"There is no statue of kindness rations on homicides or apparently, on pizza sauce wars involving organized crime families," Zeins said.

But for so many, even those who didn't know Barbati personally, it is time to remember a wonderful family man and the good times at Spumoni Gardens.

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