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

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. 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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    1. re: MplsM ary

      (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.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        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.

        1. re: MplsM ary

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

          1. re: jrvedivici

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

        2. re: jrvedivici

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

          1. re: ratgirlagogo

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

      2. 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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          1. re: jrvedivici

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

        1. 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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          1. re: breadchick

            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).

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

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