One of my most favorite shows is The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and two of my favorite people on that show are Melissa and Joe Gorga. They seem like really fun people, and I always take their side in situations that involve Teresa Giudice. Not only is the show a lot of fun to watch, but it takes place in my state, and I have a special place in my heart for most shows that take place in my state.
Imagine my surprise when I checked out Melissa’s Twitter last Wednesday, and saw that she was going to be doing a meet and greet at a restaurant in New Jersey this past Saturday. I bought the ticket on Thursday, and I’m happy to say that it was very reasonably priced.
The event was taking place at Villa Romanza restaurant at 8 p.m., and when I called the restaurant to ask what time I should be there, the person said 7:30 p.m. I walked in at 7:32 p.m., and someone sat me at a bar shortly after I arrived. The cool thing about this event was that Melissa would be going to all of the tables at the restaurant and you could get a photo with her and stuff. So, no matter where you sat in the restaurant she would eventually come over to you. Since I was alone and didn’t have a reservation, I got put at the bar. In other words, I wouldn’t get to see her till she finished going to all of the tables.
I love love love love Italian food, so you can’t put me in an Italian restaurant and not expect me to order something. I decided to go with the vegetable lasagna, because you can’t expect me to see lasagna on the menu and not order it.
Here’s what my food looked like. It’s safe to say that I couldn’t finish all of it there.
I started eating a couple of bites of the lasagna, and the next thing you know I turn around and see Melissa there. It was around 8 p.m. when she arrived, and I honestly didn’t think I would get to see her so soon. I thought she was just going to be there, but I was delighted when I saw Joe next to her. He looked at me and I mouthed “hi” to him. They were standing there talking to someone (I’m guessing it was the owner) for a few minutes, and then they walked into the main part of the restaurant with all of the tables. Even though I didn’t get to really say anything to them then, it was still cool that I got a clear view of them before a lot of other people did.
After they walked to the main part of the restaurant I got back to finishing my meal. A few other people joined me at the bar as time went on, and all of us were probably thinking “I wish we were in the main part of the restaurant!”
I was noticing how sweet Melissa and Joe were with people as I was sitting there, and even though I didn’t have a clear view of all of the tables, I could tell how much people were enjoying their company. They were very willing to take more than one photo with someone if the photo came out bad, and they had no problem spending a few minutes chatting with people. Of course, that meant I had to wait a bit longer to see them, but at the same time I was very impressed with how nicely they were talking to everyone. And can I just say that Melissa looked stunning all dressed in black? She’s a beautiful woman on TV, and she looked even more beautiful in real life.
While I was sitting there I decided to strike up a conversation with this woman next to me. I asked her, “So, I guess you’re a big fan of the show?” That was probably a stupid question to ask considering she was also waiting to see them. Her response was *surprise surprise* “big fan.” I quickly found out that she wasn’t the chatty type, so our conversation pretty much ended after that.
There happened to be one empty table in the restaurant, and I came up with this idea out of nowhere around 9:30 p.m. Since there were four people next to me, I thought we should just grab the table. Who knows when they would get to the bar section of the restaurant? To the four strangers who followed my lead, it was my idea, and I would’ve taken full responsibility if we got in trouble for it. *chuckle*
When we got to the table we start chatting a bit. One guy said that he’s never seen the show, but I told him not to tell Melissa and Joe that. Another lady said that she was in town on a business meeting and she asked someone where she should eat, and the person told her to come to this restaurant. Her friend is the one who’s a big fan of the show and she wasn’t there. I also told her not to tell them that. Remember the stranger who wasn’t that chatty? Well, I asked her what’s the first thing that she would tell Melissa and Joe when she saw them, and she said, “I can’t say anything. I would be too speechless.” It’s clear that I was probably not only the biggest fan of the show at the table, but also the only person at the table who was capable of telling the Gorgas how much I adored their show.
They came to our table around 9:45 p.m., and I just remember blurting out, “I’m such a big fan of the show! I never miss an episode!” Not exactly the most original things to tell them, but I spoke from my heart. I not only don’t miss an episode, but I also watch the repeats whenever I get a chance. We didn’t get to chat much, but I did ask them when the new season starts. They said it starts around May. We took four photos together because the first two photos were kind of blurry, and they happily agreed to take as many photos with me as I wanted.
I left shortly after that, and if I ever get the chance to meet Melissa and Joe again, I won’t pass up on it! If you’re a fan of them, I highly recommend that you meet them if you get the chance. It’s nice when you see celebrities taking time out of their busy lives to spend a night with their fans. Thank you, Melissa and Joe, for giving me a reason to like you even more!