The REAL “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “New York City”

Just how real are “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “New York City”? Pretty darn real, judging an appearance last night by four of the ladies – Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo from the Garden State, and Jill Zarin and Alex McCord from the Big Apple – in Englewood, N.J.

Jill Zarin, from left, Alex McCord, host Gino Bisconte, Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo. Sorry for the crappy picture, but it's the best I could do with my cell phone. If anyone has better images, please email me at I will gladly give you credit for them.

Jill Zarin, from left, Alex McCord, host Geno Bisconte, Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo. Sorry for the crappy picture, but it's the best I could do with my cell phone. If anyone has better images, please email me at I will gladly give you credit for them.

Teresa appeared self-conscious, although I thought she looked gorgeous in a crystal (Swarovski?) sleeveless dress that shimmered like crazy under Bergen PAC’s lights.

“I don’t think I look good,” she admitted at one point. “I still have a stomach.”

Considering Teresa just had her fourth daughter, Audriana, barely five weeks ago, I thought she looked – dare I say it? – FABULOUS!!!

Clearly, the woman has a skewed vision of reality – and Caroline thought so, too, because this is what she said:

“(Teresa) was complaining she put on a size 6 jeans the day after the baby was born.”

“I’m a size 4,” Teresa explained.

Not surprisingly, Teresa referred to her husband Joe – the owner of  G&G Stucco and Stone in Clifton – as “delicious and juicy,” though a little on the plump side.

“I told him he could lose a few pounds,” she added. “(I said) ‘Hon, we were pregnant together.'”

In additional baby Audriana news, Teresa said her older girls – Gia, 8, Gabriella, 5, and Milania, 3 – love the new addition.

“(Milania) squeezes her so hard and kisses her so much all over,” she said. “They’re being like little mommies.”

Unlike her parents, baby Audriana has blue eyes, and “everybody’s saying she looks just like Gabriella,” said Teresa.

One attendee asked Teresa if Star Magazine was correct in reporting that she paid $25,000 for a 5th birthday party for (I’m guessing) daughter Gabriella. She didn’t answer the question directly and said fans would have to wait until the next season to find out.

     Teresa, far right, revealed that the purple (amethyst?) necklace she wore above at the reunion actually belongs to Caroline, who bought it at Neiman Marcus. "Teresa is a jewelry whore," Caroline added./Credit Bravo

Teresa, far right, revealed that the purple (amethyst?) necklace she wore above at the reunion actually belongs to Caroline, who bought it at Neiman Marcus. "Teresa is a jewelry whore," Caroline added./Credit Bravo

Additional tidbits I learned last night:

*Jill, Alex and Teresa all have books coming out. Jill, who is a spokeswoman for Kodak, has a book called “Secrets of a Jewish Mother” that she co-wrote with her mother and sister; lists it as releasing April 15. Alex’s book, “Little Kids, Big City,” is scheduled for release on March 31. While Teresa offered no details on her book, Amazon lists it as “Skinny Jeans and Spaghetti,” with a release date of May 4.

*There is a feud going on between Teresa and “Real Housewife of New York City” Bethenny Frankel. “I know Bethenny hates me, and I don’t care,” said Teresa. Turning to Alex and Jill, she added, “You guys can relay the message.”

*Teresa purchases her children’s clothing at Stage Left in Franklin Lakes.

*Caroline loves living in New Jersey because “everything is just a blink away.” Jill loves the fact that “there’s no sales tax on clothes” in the Garden State.

*Caroline’s daughter Lauren is a freelance makeup artist. “I went to beauty school, and I wax backs,” Lauren revealed. She still will not go anywhere near chuckies, though. (Lauren’s brother, Albie, was also in attendance and received a lot of female attention.)

*After flipping over the table at Lu Nello in Cedar Grove, Teresa said to Joe, “Hon, leave some money. I broke dishes.”

*Caroline acknowledged that she doesn’t take her wealth for granted. “You never forget where you come from,” she said, explaining that she wore her husband’s shirts when she was pregnant because they couldn’t afford maternity clothes. “Tomorrow it could be all gone; it’s just stuff,” she added.

*While Jill and Alex couldn’t talk specifics about the new season, Jill said “I am so excited to have new blood” on the show.

*Jill spoke briefly about her encounter this summer with “Jon & Kate Plus 8” dad Jon Gosselin. “He was quite charming,” she admitted. She said she had no idea that Jon – who she described as being from “that crazy show with that crazy wife” – was also an invited guest to the same dinner party until she arrived and saw him and Michael Lohan.

*Caroline said she had a gut feeling that she should keep fellow “Housewife” Danielle Staub at a distance, even though she admitted that it was her own sister, Dina Manzo, who came up with the idea of getting Danielle on the show. “Why don’t we get the crazy girl from the salon (to be on the show)?” Teresa recalled Dina saying she told Jacqueline Laurita. “Let’s see how crazy she is.”

*Bravo has not announced when either the third season of “New York City” or the second season of “New Jersey” will return, although both are in production.

*The event was hosted/moderated by comedian Geno Bisconte.

You can get an idea of what last night was like from this video. In the meantime, you have another opportunity to see four of the five New Jersey housewives – Dina, Caroline, Jacqueline and Teresa (no Danielle!) – at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair on Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets are still available.


  1. dagus said,

    July 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I loved the post. Please update more.
    I’ll come here more often.
    If you need another source, you might consider to see the fashion source for pregnant woman at


  2. avagacser said,

    December 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Tammie.

    That report about Teresa’s home being in foreclosure is incorrect. See this link:

    And when I saw Teresa in person last month, she clarified that she does not carry thousands of dollars in cash around with her. That exchange of money shown in the Green Brook furniture store was her putting down a deposit. You can read what she said here:

  3. Tammie said,

    December 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I know I should be sad that Teresa is in financial trouble (her house is in foreclosure), but I’m not. She was a bit of a braggart last season & spent money like it grew on trees. Besides that, the way she kept bragging about paying cash for everything & even went as far as being filmed paying $200,000 for some furniture was really stupid. She was begging the IRS to come audit them to see just how much of that cash was being reported. I wouldn’t be surprised if that isn’t part of their financial problems. Bethenny is right about her. She is whiny & unintelligent!!

  4. avagacser said,

    November 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    You must be a mindreader, Carole! Here’s what the women had to say in Montclair on Saturday:

  5. November 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Ava, As Ilive to far away I was hoping you would have a blog about the show at the Wellmont. Please tell us what it was like.

  6. avagacser said,

    October 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    You’re welcome and thanks for pointing that out, Janet! When I created that link on Sunday, that was the title Amazon had listed. They must’ve changed it since then. I’ll update my post to reflect the change. And you’re right – I think the first title was catchier!

    Are you going to see the “RHNJ” in Montclair in a few weeks? I think tickets are still available… 😉

  7. Janet said,

    October 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hi, I’m a huge RHONJ fan. Thanks so much for the from-the-audience update! I wish I could have been there, but you helped all of us stuck-at-home fans alot!

    I have a quick question: You said Teresa’s (she’s my fave!) book was called “Skinny Jeans and Spaghetti” but I followed the link and it says “Skinny Italian.” Is it the same book? Are they changing the name? I hope not, because as Teresa would say I love-love-loved the first title! Let me know if you hear anything (and if there’s a petition to keep the first name, let me know… I’ll sign!)

    Thanks again for your great report!

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