Saturday, July 13, 2013

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

Probably the most famous out of the Raiola clan is Janine's older sister, Angela.  Angela or "Big Ang" as she's known, is a fan favorite on VH1's Mob Wives and also stars in her own spin off show titled "Big Ang." 

Donna, Angela and Janine-The three Raiola sisters!

On Mob Wives, Angela is the voice of reason. She doesn't like the fights and she doesn't like the drama. She also tries to keep the peace between the other women and just wants everyone to get along. 

On her own show, the first season showed more of just her own life including time spent with her family and friends, including Janine, Dom, Little Jen and Linda. If you haven't already seen it, get ready for some laughs. Angela's outlook on life is to have fun while you're on this earth. But, she's also honest and upfront enough to share some of the hardships that she has been through as well. The second new season of "Big Ang" will  air on VH1 this September. You can also download the first season on iTunes. 

Most people would assume (incorrectly) on how Big Ang got her nickname. It's not what you think. When Angela was younger, she had a friend-another girl named Angela. Well, they called this Angela "Big Ang" because she was taller than her friend, who was then known as "Little Ang.

A lot of people only have seen Big Ang as she looks today, but check out these two blasts from the past photos. One of Angela and her brother Stephen and one of Angela and her mom: 

Family is important to Angela.  She's a sister to six, a wife to Neil and mom to two kids (and Little Louie!), and a friend to countless others. She's also absolutely in love with her grandson, Baby Sal. She must be one cool grandma because Janine's son, Ronnie calls her Grandma, too! :) 

Louis, Donna, Ronald, Angela, Janine and Stephen
The Raiola Siblings!

Angela and hubby Neil

Angela just had a birthday on June 30th and is beyond busy between filming both her shows, making appearances, and taking care of her two businesses. She has a strong work ethic and Janine will be the first person to say what a hard worker Angela is. 

Her first bar, Drunken Monkey, located at 1205 Forest Avenue in Staten Island has been seen on both of her shows and is a modest, welcoming local  bar. Janine's husband remodeled it not too long ago and did a beautiful job. 

And now, more recently, she has opened the Miami Monkey,on the second floor of  the Netherland Building at 1330 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.  

Another project Angela has done is her book, Bigger is Better, Real Life Wisdom from the No Drama Mama.  It is a really fun, quick read and reveals a lot about how Angela feels about many different aspects of life. Some of it is  hilarious and some is downright practical but all of it is very entertaining. It includes quotes from different family members and friends, too. Make sure you get it if you haven't already. 

 I have met Angela twice. Once was for the premiere party for Season 3 of Mob Wives at the Drunken Monkey: 

And the other time was when I went to see Janine play a role in the play, Italian Bred. Here's Janine, me, Angela and my husband at the FANTASTIC restaurant, Ignazio's in Brooklyn, New York. 

I found her to be down to earth, and very nice.  What really struck me was how soft spoken she is in person. She's really laid back and approachable.  

Angela is very receptive of all her fans. She never refuses a photo when someone requests one. I saw people coming up to her at the theater before the play started.  Now, mind you, she was just there to see her sister in the play, but she still took the time to pose for photos with people. She also has a very large following on Twitter. Follow her @biggangvh1. Also, follow Neil @MrBigAngvh1. 

Angela lives life on her own terms and not too many people are brave enough to do that.

Courtesy Janine's personal collection

She even seems surprised herself sometimes about how her life has changed very quickly from being a bartender to accumulating legions of fans. However, that hasn't changed her. Ask anyone from her family or her friends, and they will tell you that Angela has remained the same -true to herself, loyal to her friends and family and not afraid of living life to the fullest. Big personality, big sense of humor, big heart. Big Ang, indeed. 

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  1. Wow! Great read! I enjoyed reading ur post. Good luck with your blog. I love big Ang too!

  2. Thank you, Linda! I appreciate that! Read them all when you have the time! It's a great family! :)

  3. Hi, Nayda! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. christina kimmerJuly 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Excellent read everyone in the family are really great people :)

  5. Christina, yes they are. Thank you very much for reading and commenting!

  6. keep them coming Deana <3


  7. Thank you for all your support, Mary Jean!

  8. great one...she looks like Janine in that one photo with Stephen.

  9. I love the story about not only Ang, but her daughter Raquel. I enjoyed reading both! :-)

  10. Lovely Givan--first, what a great name! Secondly, thank you for reading!! I appreciate it!