|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2009)|
|First appearance||"The Routine" (episode 1.01)|
|Last appearance||"A Game of Checkers" (episode 1.08)|
|Created by||Tom Fontana|
|Portrayed by||Tony Musante|
|Family||Dino Ortolani (nephew)|
Prisoner #95S604. Convicted December 12, 1995 - Two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Sentence: 120 years, eligible for parole in 70.
Schibetta is a Mafia Boss and leader of the prison's Italian gang, the "Wise Guys".
Until his death, Nino is the most powerful prisoner in Oz; his influence is greater than even several of the prison employees. Anything he wants, such as a single cell in the prison unit Emerald City, is given to him. Warden Glynn has respect for Schibetta's ability to efficiently run the prison kitchen. Schibetta ends up dying a slow, painful death at the hands of Ryan O'Reily and Simon Adebisi. After he dies, his son Peter Schibetta arrives at Oz seeking revenge.
Schibetta is unlike most typical prisoners and also unlike the stereotypical mob figure: he is quiet, thoughtful, restrained and cultured. He is deeply in love with his wife and is devastated by her illness and death.
Nino is head of the Italian prisoners and manages them with an iron fist. He also oversees a successful contraband business and is capable of getting items for prisoners. He has connections to several staff members, such as prison investigator Lenny Burrano, who are more loyal to him than to their jobs. Nino treats other inmates and staff fairly for the most part. Prisoner Dino Ortolani is his nephew, key enforcer and a major problem. Dino beats a homosexual inmate who happens to be the brother of Jefferson Keane, leader of the Homeboys gang in Oz. This causes strife between the Homeboys and Italians which leads to the deaths of Ortolani and Homeboys Johnny Post and Keane. At this time Schibetta's son Peter visits. Peter is worried about his mother, Nino's wife, who is dying of cancer.
After all the deaths and a warning about drug dealing from Tim McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, the Italians and Homeboys make peace for the time being and work together. In the meantime, Ryan O'Reily is involved with each death and plays both the Black and Italian gangsters against each other. Correctional officer Mike Healy has a drug operation with O'Reilly that is competing with Schibetta. Schibetta tells O'Reilly that he will become a permanent ally of the Italians if he shuts down Healy's operation. O'Reilly does this and pretends to be loyal to Nino but conspires with Simon Adebisi to take over the drug trade. The two sneak ground glass into Nino's food over the period of a few months. Nino eventually dies from internal hemorrhaging. His son Peter comes to Oz in season 2 for a money laundering conviction and proves to be nowhere near the leader Nino was.