Character profile from HBO.com
"No bitcha to me."
Furio Giunta is the one member of the Soprano crew who is literally a son of Italy. A native of Naples, Furio was in the employ of elderly mob boss Zio Vittorio when he came to Tony's attention. In Naples to broker a deal for stolen Mercedes, Tony got to witness Furio's professional skills up close: during an incident where it appeared that gunshots were being fired at Zio Vittoria, Furio unhesitatingly shielded the old man with his own body. When it turned out that the "gunshots" were only errant firecrackers lobbed by a teenager, Furio and his comrades severely beat the boy anyway. Impressed by this display of loyalty and ferocity, Tony imported Furio to New Jersey and installed him at Artie Bucco's restaurant, Nuovo Vesuvio. As far as the INS is concerned, Furio is a highly-skilled mozzarella maker. To people who owe Tony Soprano money, he's a pony-tailed nightmare.