“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Teresa traverses the Garden State

This may be New Jersey, but that doesn’t mean you run into a “Real Housewife” every day.

Teresa Giudice answers a few questions before she signs copies of her cookbook, "Skinny Italian," at the Princeton Barnes & Noble on May 8, 2010./Photos by Ava Gacser

Believe it or not, the Garden State is pretty big – or at least it seems that way when you’re fighting traffic from one end of it to the other. And since the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” hails from Bergen/Passaic/Morris counties (for the uninitiated, that’s up north toward NYC), it’s a treat to see them on your own turf.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when mother of four Teresa Giudice stopped by Barnes & Noble in Princeton on Saturday to sign copies of her cookbook, ‘Skinny Italian.”

Apparently even Teresa had no idea how far Princeton was from her Towaco manse.

“Princeton is FAR!” she announced when she arrived a bit late to the event.

Teresa and Gia greeted fans and posed for pictures with everyone.

During the short Q&A, Teresa – who came accompanied by eldest daughter Gia, 9 – revealed that her husband, “juicy” Joe Giudice, initially didn’t want to be involved in the TV series.

“The reason he’s on it is because he loves me,” she told the large crowd gathered to meet her. (Teresa’s book was such a hot commodity, in fact, that the store was in danger of running out of copies.)

She told the audience that she purchases her daughters’ clothing at Stage Left in Franklin Lakes and said that she named Gia after the Angelina Jolie film of the same name. (“Gia,” by the way, was based on the life of model Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS in 1986.)

“I know it wasn’t a great movie because of the way it ended,” Teresa admitted, but added that she loved the name nonetheless.

And speaking of names, Teresa absolutely raved over mine when it was my turn to meet her.

Teresa was very sweet and pleasant, taking the time to shake my hand and make small talk.

“I love the name Ava,” she told me. “I was going to name Audriana (the baby) Ava.”

She went on to say that Joe preferred Ava but she wanted to stick with Audriana.

“It sounded more Italian,” she explained.

(Let me tell you, Teresa’s gorgeous brown eyes were absolutely mesmerizing to stare into! Make sure you check them out if you get the chance.)

If you missed meeting Teresa, never fear: She’s got two more book signings scheduled in the Garden State, including Mendham Books on Saturday (May 15) and Borders in Bridgewater on Sunday (May 16).

FABULOUS!!!

4 Comments

  1. Iris said,

    August 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    You had mentioned that Tersea has brown eyes, but the kids have blue eyes. Joe has brown eyes. Hmmm Could that be why they have a fertility bill of $12,000.?

  2. June 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    […] as to what they should name the baby, Teresa told me they actually considered two different names when I met her at a book signing in Princeton last […]

  3. Boston1 said,

    May 19, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I can’t stand listening to this woman talk. I fear reading this book all I will hear is her whiny voice in my head. No thanks, I’ll skip this one.

  4. May 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the great interview. I was wondering about little Gia’s name during last week’s episode, and its surprising that Theresa actually named her after “the” Gia, or the movie, Gia.
    I posted a link to your blog on my NJ Housewives blog btw. Keep writing about those Housewives!


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