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Buon Ferragosto-RHONJ Style

Grab your wine, your framily, and celebrate Teresa Guidice-Style

Another episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey down, another episode of wine, family, friends, laughter, and drama. For seven seasons, the revolving cast �has come into our homes, teaching us basic Italian- famiglia, vino, the proper pronunciation of Teresa and for seven seasons we have watched famiglia, vino (and Teresa) be the center of Italian family.

While last night's big dinner started with wine and ended with drama, today is an occasion to begin again and celebrate like a true italian (not 1/16th Italian like Caroline Manzo). Today, August 15, is a national holiday in Italy known as Ferragosto. In Siena, Tuscany, people line the streets carrying statues of Mary, celebrating the Day of The Assumption. Even better, the holiday lasts anywhere from a week to a month. Curious on discovering more about Ferragosto, I sought out a true Italian and wine expert, Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, proprietor of Barone Fini Wines, who uses nature as the winemakers at his vineyards.

Born, raised, and still living in Italy,Giovanni has all the necessary qualifications to serve as my authority on all things Italy so I could celebrate like a Real Housewife of New Jersey, "We italians, if we want to be good Catholics, we go to Church on August 15th...but the most important part, it's our fourth of July, in the sense that it is our summer celebration," Giovanni explained. "We have fireworks all over Italy during Ferragosto. It is beautiful. It is a wonderful time to go to Italy, if you don't mind a few Italians going crazy. But when Italians have fun, we do two things, we eat and we drink."

Over a lunch with about 20 others, the debonair and charming Giovanni explained to us the differences between types of Pinot Grigios and Merlots, the differences between wine made by man and by nature, and the italian festival of Ferragosto at I Trulli Enoteca e Ristorante . With a summer garden in the back for entertaining, exposed brick and brick ovens, and Dora Marzovilla, the matriarch of the owner's family, hand rolling pasta as soon as you enter, I Trulli felt like an Italian home. Over traditional dishes of mozzarella and basil, octopus, meatballs, and other italian mainstays, the true meaning and spirit of Ferragosto was discovered.

In addition to family and wine, charity is a big component to the holiday. Erin Hill from the Food Bank for New York City was in attendance, and explained her partnership with Barone Fini Wines and Ferragosto. On August 15, the two will once again bring Italy to NYC at I Trulli to "bring a taste of Ferragosto to the United States". The night of celebration is complete with an authentic Italian menu and Barone Fini Wines. In an effort to combat the invisible crisis of hunger in NYC (1 in 5 New Yorkers rely on food bank services, of which 400,000 are children) 100% of the proceeds of the Barone Fini wine purchased will be donated to New York City Food Bank, New York's hunger relief organization for over 30 years.

Can't make it to NYC tonight, there are other Ferragosto celebrations going over all over the Unites States tonight. Grab friends, family, and wine and prepare to celebrate like a true Italian- just no throwing of tables.

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Teresa Giudice Returning To RHONJ—Still Pretending To Be A Nice Person

Teresa Giudice is returning to RHONJ for season seven, in her bid to continue pretending to be a nice person.

Likely fooling nobody—especially frenemy/sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, Giudice claims nowadays she’s all zen and shit, and all about “letting it go.”

Yeah, sure Teresa, we believe you. even if nobody else does.

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Teresa Giudice returning to RHONJ

The recently released jailbird told Bravo’s The Daily Dish:

I am very excited to be back. For me, this season is all about letting go of the past and embracing the future. People are calling me Teresa 2.0.

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Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita are back too

We’ll get a chance to watch Teresa 2.0. pretending to let her long time feud with Gorga go—as she’s returning for the new season too, along with Jacqueline Laurita.

Gorga told the Daily Dish that she’s now all about the family and friendships.

We're back! This season for me is all about family, fun, friendships and fashion.

I can't wait for you to see what we've been up to and how much our kids have grown.

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While, Laurita said she’s excited to be back on TV, and views it as “a new beginning.”

I'm baaaaack! I can't get enough of my Bravo family!

Sometimes a little break is all I need to jump back in and bring my best!

Looking forward to new beginnings.

Jailbird Giudice

According to Bravo, season seven will follow Giudice “as she mends the relationships in her life following her release from prison in December 2015.”

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As Popdust previously reported, Giudice penned a memoir detailing her time behind bars—packed with hot lesbian sex, including scissoring, muff-diving, and shower orgies, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, makes Orange is the New Black look like an episode of Hannah Montana.

Time to forget and forgive

Giudice is now a free woman—following her steamy hot lesbian sex packed 11 months in jail, she was released and placed on house arrest just before the holidays—her home confinement sentence ended on February 5 when her electric monitoring bracelet was removed.

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The 43-year-old's buddy Andy Cohen told the Daily Dish that he believes it’s now time for the public to “forgive” Giudice.

Say what you want about Teresa and what she has done, what I say is she paid her time. And some would argue that she got way more time than she would have gotten had it not been such a high profile case.

The woman has served her time and she is paying back her debt to society and the government and I think that like everyone Teresa deserves a second chance.

Meanwhile, Teresa is about to become a single parent, as husband Joe Giudice heads to jail himself in March, to serve a 41-month sentence.

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The Giudices pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges for bank rolling their lifestyle with $5 million in phony mortgage and construction loans.

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Teresa Giudice Returning To RHONJ

 

According to The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, her stay inside the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Connecticut was a lesbian p*rn movie come to life!

So much so, it made Orange is the New Black look like an episode of Hannah Montana!

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In her recent memoir, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, Giudice, 43, details all scissoring, muff-diving, and shower orgies she witnessed during her 15-month stint as a guest of the state.

And where was most of this hot lesbian sex happening? In the “Boom Boom Room," of course, otherwise known as Teresa's jail cell, which she shared with 4 other women.

Teresa came to be known as “Hollywood," to her fellow inmates, though she was known to the warden as Inmate No. 65703-050.

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In a preview of the book, obtained by the New York Daily News, Teresa said,

"I could see two women ... writhing around ... I cannot believe this is happening!"

Even straight women became "gay for the stay," and women would often trade sex for commissary money.

On her first day in Danbury, Teresa was stripped of her rhinestone-studded jacket and leggings by police. (Or maybe it was the fashion police), and forced to squat, naked, stick out her tongue and cough.

“I wanted to die," she writes.

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Teresa insists that she did not succumb to pleasures of same sex flesh, but all the panting, moaning, and writhing did take their toll. On one family visit, she whispered into her hubby and co-defendant's ear about all the new sex tips she'd picked up from her randy roommates, and on Father's Day, she sent him a card with three pages of new sexual positions.

“ Madonna mia, I was dreaming of my husband," she declares.

Giudice and her husband Joe pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges for bank rolling their lifestyle with $5 million in phony mortgage and construction loans.

Joe starts his 41 month prison sentence in March, maybe he'll pick up some new tips while he's inside just in time to send to Teresa for Mothers Day!

The only picture if the Giudice family taken while Teresa was in jail.

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Teresa Giudice stepped out onto the red carpet last night for the first time since leaving prison.

She was attending the opening of her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga's boutique, Envy, and took along her daughter Gia for company. Melissa also enjoyed the support of Real Housewives of New Jersey co-stars Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile as well as her proud husband Joe Gorga for the opening of the store in New Jersey.

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Teresa Giudice Public Debut Since Prison

Melissa Gorga and her devoted husband Joe looking stunning at the opening of her boutique.

As previously reported by Popdust, 43 year old Teresa spent 11 months wearing orange at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution and was released on December 23. She celebrated her Christmas release  with her brother Joe and their families and of course the ever present Bravo cameras.

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Trey's conviction for fraud doesn't seem to have had any effect on her sense of style, she glammed up for her public debut in gold and black snakeskin, knee high boots and a fur coat.  The Fabulicious cookbooks author has certainly passed on her look to Gia too—the 15 year old wore a fur jacket, cropped top, mini skirt and knee high boots.

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Teresa and her mini-me daughter, Gia.

The ex-con reality star told E!News;

"I'm feeling great.  I'm happy to be here to support my brother and my sister-in-law Melissa for the grand opening of her boutique Envy.

Melissa has great style and you see her on the red carpet and you see her being photographed, so, and you can tell from the photographs that she has great style."

Bearing in mind her history of trying to undermine Melissa and the stormy relationship between her and her brother, you have to wonder at Teresa's next comment when asked about whether her daughter Gia turns to her for style tips;

"My background is fashion.  I went to school for fashion.  I used to work at Macy's Herald Square in the buying office and I also was on the vendor side.  I worked for Nine West and Calvin Klein handbags. So, I have a fashion background. She has her mommy"

Meowwww!

How better to get in a little dig at Melissa's fashion store opening than by reminding everyone that she has a background in fashion and is way more experienced than her sister-in-law?

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A leopard (print) doesn't change it's spots and our bet is we haven't seen the last of Teresa's campaign to make Melissa look as bad as she can at every opportunity.  She better be careful though, she's going to need her family around her in March when husband Joe checks in for his 41 month prison sentence.

Teresa Giudice Public Debut Since Prison

Teresa Giudice Public Debut Since Prison

teresa giudice christmas reality tv

Teresa Giudice’s first post-jail Christmas was the low-key affair you would expect from the notoriously private and understated Real Housewives of New Jersey star—just Teresa, close family, and reality TV cameras, natch.

As Popdust previously reported, the 43-year-old was sentenced to 15 months in prison last October, for multiple counts of fraud—she was released last week after serving nearly a year behind bars in a Federal facility.

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Naturally, she was eager to get straight back to her family—and capitalize on the inevitably tearful reunion with husband Joe Giudice, and daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana.

People magazine had the exclusive on their holiday celebrations, which included a traditional Italian meal cooked by Teresa’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, at her and Joe Gorga’s New Jersey home.

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"It was a nice evening, they kept it small with just the the Gorgas and the Giudices," Teresa a “source” tells People. "[They] wanted it to be a quiet celebration for family. Melissa cooked a traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal of seven fishes."

Although, in true Teresa style, reality cameras were there to document every minute of the touching and intimate family get together, in decidedly uncharacteristically Giudice fashion it was all drama free, apparently.

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"It was the first time Melissa and Teresa have seen each other in over a year," Teresa the “source” claims. "The holiday spirit was definitely in the air. Everyone got along well, exchanged gifts. Very happy night.

"Melissa and Teresa had a lot to discuss but both wanted to figure out how they can truly make it work.”

"Everything that happened with Teresa going away made both women realize that there are more important things in life than their old feud," Teresa another "source" told Us Weekly.

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"Melissa and Joe [Gorga] reached out to Joe Giudice … and all four of them are on the best terms they've ever been on."

Truly heartwarming.

Meanwhile, Teresa and Joe are presumably making the most of their time together before he heads to jail himself in March.

As previously reported,  Joe, 43, was sentenced to 41 months, plus 12 months on an additional count, to be served concurrently.

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He’ll also get two years probation and will have to pay $414,000 to Wells Fargo bank, plus $10,000 in fines. In addition, he’s facing the possibility of deportation when he finishes his sentence.

Judge Esther Salas agreed to the couple serving their sentences consecutively so there would always be one parent taking care of their four daughters.

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Teresa Giudice may be behind bars but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to control everything and everyone on a day to day basis.

Bravo has released a sneak peek of their upcoming special, Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Checks In—showing how Joe Giudice has been dealing with life since Teresa went inside earlier this year in January—you can watch video right here on Popdust.

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As previously reported, last October, Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison for multiple counts of fraud, Joe was given 41 months, plus 12 months on an additional count, to be served concurrently. He'll also get two years probation and will have to pay $414,000 to Wells Fargo bank, plus $10,000 in fines. In addition, he’s facing the possibility of deportation when he finishes his sentence.

Judge Esther Salas agreed to the couple serving their sentences consecutively so there would always be one parent taking care of their four daughters.

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With Teresa in jail first, it’s currently Joe’s turn at single parenting Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana, and it’s been a far from easy ride for the 43-year-old—luckily however (or not) mama Teresa is managing to keep a tight reign on things, from inside her jail cell.

Teresa appears to have the most generous privileges of any felon known to man—with daily calls home to her family and frequent jail visits.

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Even Joe is amazed by his wife’s liberal communication abilities, "It's amazing how she still controls everything from in there, you know what I mean?" Joe ponders in the sneak peek clip.

In the video we also get to see Gia fighting those dreaded teen hormones, and Joe battling to come to terms with his 14-year-old daughter dating, as he tells her terrified prom date to watch his step.

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“No close up dancing, or anything like that, OK….” Joe warns the pimply-faced suitor.

Then there’s Milania, who continues with her reign of terror, holding the household hostage with her demands and temper tantrums.

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Meanwhile, Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa have been hanging about, helping out around the house. And, what Joe Gorga lacks in stature, he makes up for in drama (just like his big sister) as is evident in one scene where he is seen sobbing about what a bitch he is….

“Everybody’s a little bitch when it comes to family JoJo….” Giudice weighs in sagely.