In late 1970s Italy, a group of low-level drug dealers, led by their leader "Libanese" set out on a never before achieved quest - to conquer Rome's criminal underworld.

As they go about this, they have to deal not only with police officer Scialoja, but also TheMafia, right-wing fascist groups and the Italian secret services...

A 2008-2010 Italian language series (based on a 2005 film, which is based on a 2002 novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo, in turn based on the real activities of the Banda della Magliana), ''Romanzo Criminale'' ("crime novel") is a dark and brutal tale of Rome's underworld, with more than a few violent deaths.

In 2012, it was broadcast with English subtitles on Sky Arts 1.

* CampGay: Patrizia's friend, who finds himself routinely subject to homophobic abuse from the gang members.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Stealing Libano's coffin from the funeral home and having a pasta dinner with it. Including using the coffin as a table]]
* TheEighties
* {{Fanservice}}: A lot of both genders.
* [[MsFanservice Signora Fanservice]]: Patrizia, definitely.
* HighClassCallGirl: Patrizia, although she latter gets promoted to madam.
* PornStache: A good number of the male cast, although Scialoja's 'tache stands out in particular.
* TheSeventies
* ShotgunWedding: When one gang member gets his girlfriend pregnant, he has to marry her.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Or their Italian fascist equivalents in this case.
* WhamEpisode: The first season finale, with [[spoiler: Libano being shot dead]]