Tony was born on January, 12th, 1968 to Maria Ingratta and Thomas Cipriani in New York City. His father was arrested before Tony was born, and died while in prison due to an aortic dissection and therefore Tony was raised by a single mother. Due to his father's position as a made man and Soldato in the Gambino Crime Family, he provided his family with some financial security even after his death.
Lacking a father figure in his life Tony's mother became overbearing and this severely strained their relationship. Regardless Tony continues to maintain contact with her, and even helps manage her restaurant from time to time.