(not to be confused with Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero) is an old enemy of Uncle Junior. When Junior wants to have him killed, he plans for the hit to occur in Vesuvio - Artie Bucco's restaurant. Tony, aware that this murder would destroy his friend's business, sought an alternative which would allow Artie to build a new restaurant with fire insurance money. Soon after the hit was planned, Malanga (appearing in a wheelchair) was arraigned by the authorities when he returned to New Jersey from Florida. News footage of the charges was seen by Tony's crew, so Tony acted quickly and took the advice of Hesh Rabkin to send Silvio Dante to start a fire at the restaurant so the hit must occur elsewhere.
The only other significant mention of Malanga is when Tony says to Junior that he's been dead "six years now" in the Season 6 premiere episode "Members Only". However, Junior's dementia causes him to believe that Tony is Little Pussy when he shoots him in the same episode.