The wait is over! On April 11, 2018, Staten Island Hustle premiered on CNBC and it came in with a bang! There was a fabulous party at Angelina's Ristorante in Tottenville, and we all finally got to see the show we've been waiting for!
The show starts off with the guys, Dom, Ron, Mike, Adolfo and Tony D meeting at Angelina's to discuss the week's ideas. Adolfo has some suits he thinks he can sell. The others don't seem too enthralled with this idea, but hey, you never know, because as Adolfo said, these suits are "dope!"
Dom pitches an idea of franchising Angelina's restaurant. It does well in Staten Island, so why not take it to other parts of the country? Tony D is all for it. He thinks it's a great idea. He agrees to back Dom on his idea.
Ron waves bread around to say he's got an idea. Ron is hilarious. He says you can't duplicate New York pizza, bread or bagels because of the dough which is made with New York water. Sounds a little off beat, but, wait. The group thinks he has a point. The big idea is to find a way to make New York water
Dom's got a guy and he wants Adolfo, Mike and Ron to go have a meeting with a water filtration system company to see what can be done.
Mike, Adolfo and Ron go to see Dr. Moya and Paul at the company in Jersey. Dr. Moya explains water Ph and alkaline levels in water. Adolfo (The Professor) is the one who is keeping up on all the science that Dr. Moya is talking about. Ron is bored. He wants to get to the nitty gritty of the deal. Mike doesn't look fascinated either. Dr. Moya shows the group New Jersey water and it smells. They know they have something with their idea. The prototype is going to be 60K! Ron isn't worried and says that between the five of them, it shouldn't be a problem. Can you guys throw some my way (ha ha)? They want to be sure it's the water, though. They want to do a taste test on water in other areas. They are covering all their bases.
Next up, we get to see Janine and some of the kids at Dom and Janine's home! Janine is busy in the kitchen and what better way to introduce Dom's next big idea? He wants to promote and sell Just Add Lettuce, a "3D" salad dressing. The family is going to be the guinea pigs to taste it. Janine says when she hears 3D you think of a movie, not salad dressing. She promptly calls Dom a dumb ass (lol).
Dom shows a video advertisement for the Just Add Lettuce and Jeannie, Dom and Janine's daughter, thinks a better job can be done. Dom questions whether or not he can do it, saying he's in good shape for the shape he's in. Janine says, "Round's a shape." lol All the spices and ingredients are in the jar ready to make a salad. Janine hates it. None of the kids like it. Janine says there's too much oregano in it and she would rather have her eighth child than have oregano. Well, so much for that!
Adolfo, Mike and Ron are headed to Lancaster County to try and get water from Amish Country for their experiment. They are met with some resistance. They can't get well water from anyone. They go into a store and look around and they are told to be careful with well water because there is lead in it. They decide to leave and go to a truck stop restroom in Jersey to get a sample of water.
Dom gets bad news. He finds out from the head of the Formaggio Cheese company who is backing Just Add Lettuce that it is not doing well. He's not quitting yet. He wants the opinion of the public before he totally scraps the idea.
Adolfo, Mike and Ron go to Mikey Bagels who used the New Jersey water to make bagels. They want to make sure it is definitely the New York water that makes the dough great in New York. They definitely see the difference in the New Jersey water bagels. It was evident to customers that the bagels made with New York water were better. They are convinced to put their money in the New York Water Maker.
They all meet up at Angelina's to discuss the numbers. Tony D lays it all out for them and they are excited about projected profits. Adolfo is back with the suits. He convinces the others to at least look at them. Tony D thinks they are from the 70's and says the lapels are the size of Bayonne. Because Adolfo put the money in the suits, he is short on his portion of the investment on the water maker. The guys chip in to cover Adolfo's share. They are family to one another.
On to the public taste test for Just Add Lettuce. Dom wants the public's opinion. He and Janine go to Family Fruit in Staten Island to give it a whirl. The customers love it and Janine can't believe it. Dom is so happy he brags about the customers reaction and Janine says he's making her eyeball and false lashes hurt!
Back to the water plant and it isn't good. I thought Ron was going to go off. The head of the company explains that he already filed the patent for the machine. The guys can't believe it but Paul says the money isn't in the patent. They feel betrayed because now they have to buy the machine that was THEIR idea from this guy now. It's all good. Adolfo makes lemonade out of lemons and they make plans to make a deal.
On to Dom and Janine's home where they are filming a new commercial for Just Add Lettuce. We get to see outtakes of the commercial and more mishaps that occur. Those two are hilarious!
We now visit Denino's Pizza in New Jersey where the owners are convinced to use the water maker. Success! The guys are thrilled!
Back at Family Fruit, Dom convinces the manager to display 10 cases of the Just Add Lettuce. The manager is not ready to commit...until Dom produces some of the manager's favorite cheese as a bargaining tool! More success! Just Add Lettuce is now for sale in Family Fruit!
Adolfo, Mike and Ron head out to California to try and sell businesses the water maker. Ron barters tickets to L.A. by fixing then selling a broken meat slicer! Talk about a hustler! The guys explain to the businesses in California that they can try the water maker out for a certain period of time and then once they love it, they will buy it. They take over 20 pre-orders! CHA-CHING!
After the guys get back to Angelina's and tell the good news about the pre-orders, they worry that people who won't be able to afford the machine will be left out. Tony D has the solution. They can LEASE it! They will leave nobody out! And, more good news. Adolfo has sold two of his suits!
Finally, the new commercial for Just Add Lettuce is shown. Let's just say that for the Greek option, Dom is shown in a toga. What else is there to say after that? Janine and Dom's son, Ronnie, age 10, is not impressed.
I was impressed with the show, though! Talk about good ideas and getting your hustle on! The show was very entertaining and funny. I would love to hear your thoughts. The plan on here is to talk about the episodes and also learn more about the cast. Leave your comments below! I look forward to the next episode!