Sunday was the premiere of the new season of VH1‘s hit show Mobwives, and the place to be was none other than Staten Island’s Drunken Monkey. The bar, famously owned by Big Ang (Raiola), was still sporting Christmas decorations as it welcomed famous friends and fans of the show. A large bra-decorated wreath and a busty custom cake (see picture) clearly let all know this was Ang’s territory and she was the grande dame of the evening. Ang looked glam in a slinky black dress, her long hair flowing.
The red carpet event, coordinated by Ang’s sister and manager, Janine Detore, featured casual fair dressed up to display that extra something that lends itself to Mobwives fabulosity. Chocolate covered strawberries and caprese salad on toothpicks accompanied by passed trays of sandwiches adorned with heart-shaped pickle slices were just some of the snacks that attendees got to sample. There were also free false lash applications care of DePasquale the Spa and a hand rolled cigar table.
The Drunken Monkey (as we described the last time we visited), though big on charm, is a cozy establishment, but that didn’t stop some BIG personalities from showing up. Celeb guests included Mobwife Carla Facciolo, Tracy DiMarco (Jerseylicious), John Basedow (Fitness Made Simple/New Media Stew), and Angelina Pivarnick and Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore).
Guadagnino was there with security detail, the first reality star I’ve ever seen at an event with bodyguards. Pivarnick was unimpressed. “He was a regular guy from Staten Island…That’s why I had to leave (Jersey Shore), they all got like that.” So what is Ms. Pivarnick, who was there with her boyfriend, up to now? “Well I’m (filming) a pilot next week, actually two, I’m (working on) a book and I have a song out right now called Serendipity on iTunes.”
Of course the night would not have been complete without the entire crew from The Big Ang Show. Neil (Murphy), Lil Jen(Patafio), Linda (Torres),and Frank (Russo) all came out to celebrate. Making it a family affair, as always was Janine and Steve (Raiola), because the Raiola siblings are, as Caroline Manzo would say, “Thick as Thieves.” Janine, dressed in black with a pink stole, was working the red carpet, coordinating press, and, at one point, even carrying a tray of roast beef sandwiches.
My guess is everyone who attended had a great time, despite being packed in elbow to elbow. Afterall, chances were, if you were there, you were elbow to elbow with somebody fabulous!
*Mobwives airs Sunday nights on VH1 at 8/7 CST