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Wrong type of Reality TV perhaps hurting a restaurateur......new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey

jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 11:45 AM

So last night the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered and there are a few new additions to the cast which are from our neck of the woods. My wife was watching to see who she might know.......so I got "looped into" watching.

One of the new cast member husband happens to be the owner and chef of Angelo's in New York City Little Italy fame. If you are from the NJ/NY area you know Angelo's has been a staple in Little Italy, or Liltaly as it's commonly known now, for several decades. I've been there a few times and would go back if someone I knew wanted to go there.

That was until last night..........just from the one episode and the few scene's this guy was in I took a significant disliking to him. He just came across as an obnoxious, pompous ass which I wouldn't want to support in business. This show was not featuring him in his professional setting but just observing his behavior at a social gathering in a persons home, and he struck me as a jerk.

It's funny because I watch Kitchen Nightmares frequently and outside that one restaurant, Amy's Baking Company, I haven't found many of the owners to be utter assholes. Even if they were obnoxious generally it was self defense mechanism of having your failing business spotlighted on a national TV show.

This guy just seems like an ass and I wonder if any others like myself would see behavior like this and hold it against them and their business?

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  1. MplsM ary RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 12:05 PM

    The guy was drunk (his wife said he'd been drinking all day). So he gets a pass this once from me. I'm just glad his wife doesn't work in his restaurants.

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      jrvedivici RE: MplsM ary Jul 14, 2014 12:14 PM

      (I'm assuming you watched the episode)

      Yes I know she made that excuse for him, but I can't believe they didn't know he filming was going to be going on in advance, so he didn't care enough to stay sober for it? While you are correct I don't give him a pass for that, he knew he would be facing the camera's. Just my opinion.

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        MplsM ary RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 12:36 PM

        I am guessing he was really nervous and did not regulate his intake. Liquid courage and all that. He probably thinks he's hilarious when he's stoned. Now he knows better.

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          jrvedivici RE: MplsM ary Jul 14, 2014 12:39 PM

          Now you are going to make me watch next week !!!

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            MplsM ary RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 12:46 PM

            Well if he realizes it at all, it's many months later. My understanding is they don't see the episodes until they air.

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          ratgirlagogo RE: jrvedivici Jul 17, 2014 04:05 PM

          Even if he's a drunken ass at least he's not a prostitution whore.

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            breadchick RE: ratgirlagogo Jul 17, 2014 05:58 PM

            LOL!! (More than one way to turn tables...)

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        fourunder RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 12:16 PM

        Here's my Angelo's story....back in the 80s, soon after President Ronald Reagan ate there, I went in with my girlfriend at the time. We were seated right in front of the bar. and never handed any menus. A busboy cam over and filled our water glasses and soon after, returned with some bread. For 45 minutes, not nary another person to stop by our table...however, during this entire time, the Bartender, who was not busy was leaning with his back against the back bar in front of the cash resister and his right foot up on the sink underneath the bar...the classic bartender pose...every time I looked over at him, he stared back at me. I gestured with my head, raised my eyebrows, moved my shoulders and my hands in an attempt to get some service...order a drink and receive a menu....he just stared back at me for 20 or so minutes rarely moving from his pose.

        Fed up with the neglect, I called the Busboy over, thanked him for his service, looked over at the bartender and reached into my pocket for a double sawbuck to give to the Busboy. The bartender, upon seeing this raced over from behind the bar and asked me if he could get me anything.....I told him to Fuck Off.

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          jrvedivici RE: fourunder Jul 14, 2014 12:26 PM

          How was the water? Refreshing?

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            fourunder RE: jrvedivici Jul 15, 2014 08:59 AM

            To quote Bobby Boucher: Now that's what I call high quality H2O.

        2. breadchick RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 12:54 PM

          The Housewives franchise (NY, NJ, OC only) has been my guilty pleasure for years now. I can't comment on the owner's behavior because I had to change the channel. The newbies are so obnoxious that even I can't handle watching this new season of NJ.

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            thymeoz RE: breadchick Jul 18, 2014 06:51 AM

            Yeah, I used to like RHONY and even RHONJ a little but can't stomach any of the RH shows enough now to sit through an episode. Sorry to see the decline of Bravo in general; it started with some fun precepts, IMHO, but ran them into the ground and destroyed them by capitalizing on what they thought sold the shows, e.g., contentiousness among the actors (they clearly are actors).

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            gourmanda RE: jrvedivici Jul 14, 2014 01:02 PM

            "My wife was watching to see who she might know". Sure, blame it on the wife ;)

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              cresyd RE: jrvedivici Jul 18, 2014 06:35 AM

              At this point, whether the owner of Angelo's behavior is or isn't appealing - his appearance on the show will likely increase the tourist appeal of the restaurant. Just the unfortunate nature of why fame has done to places like that. Where being famous - even if obnoxious - is more valuable.

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                jrvedivici RE: cresyd Jul 18, 2014 06:44 AM

                Well as the saying goes; "Even bad publicity is good publicity". In this case for myself I don't think the rule applies. I have an issue on supporting a business if I think the owner is an a$$hole. Perhaps most of the public is different or more star struck, but that has no appeal to me.

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                  cresyd RE: jrvedivici Jul 18, 2014 07:09 AM

                  Hells Kitchen wouldn't have worked at all if people weren't very amused and entertained by that.

                  Personally, I'd avoid the place because I'd assumed it'd be swamped by tourists overly into the RHONJ (which while I may watch the show occasionally....I don't really want to dine at what might feel like a RHONJ fan club).

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