|Ramona Rizzo enjoying life!|
The interview begins.
Hello Ramona how is your day going?
So far so good for the most part, I have a sick kid and one playing like they're sick. You're a mother, you know how it is!
I laugh. I understand. We know you've been friends for years with Jennifer Graziano & Karen Gravano. When & how did you exactly meet your best friends forever?
Debbie Gravano and my mom were pregnant at the same time. Karen and I have been close friends since we were 5 or 6 years old. Sammy was known for throwing the greatest 4th of July parties. My family always went. I met Jennifer when we were about 12 or 13. Her father and my grandfather were lifelong friends. We've spent countless holidays with the Grazianos. Our families even vacationed together. There was play dates with both girls. We've grown up together Sweet 16s, proms, malls and weekends together.
Recently there has been a lot of eBeef amongst the Mob Wives. Drita D'avanzo allegedly claimed in an interview that you returned to the states to weasel your way onto the show. When did you return to the states?
I returned (to live permanently) around 3 1/2 years ago . I was in a situation I didn't want to be in for about 2 years before my return. My return had nothing to do with Mob Wives. I don't need to weasel my way into anything.
Why did you return?
I loved living in the Middle East. I have wonderful family & friends there. Ultimately, I missed home. I'm American and I wanted to live an American lifestyle. I wanted to be where I'd have the support of family & friends.
|Jennifer Graziano, Ramona Rizzo, Karen Gravano & Renee Graziano.|
When I move to a different state or country my friendships don't end. The problem with Drita is she feels the need to try to discredit others in an attempt to justify her actions or television persona. Jennifer, Karen and I became mothers. Two of us moved, did we see & talk to one another all of the time? No. We were grown women living our lives. We did keep in touch sporadically. My sister threw make up parties and I'd talk to Jennifer on the phone. We'd communicate on Facebook. There was no falling out between us. We've always been friends and always will be; in spite the efforts of some individuals.
Interesting to say at the very least, did you have an opportunity to be part of Mob Wives season 1?
Yes I did. I considered it.
Why didn't you go for it?
I had personal issues that weren't resolved at the time.
We hear you are a mother of four! Tell The Mob Wives Blogspot about your kids!
Well I have 1 boy and 3 girls. They are all my pride & joy. They have really good hearts. Through all our ups and downs, my kids have the ability to adapt well in various situations. They know that they're my priority and I'll do everything in my power to protect & provide for them.
Have you or your children experienced prejudice from individuals within the lifestyle?
Oh yes, my kids have come home asking me, "Mommy what's a sand n______?" Racial (ethnic) slurs are commonly used in our community. Whether it's directed towards an Irish, African American or Asian guy. When I decided to marry my kids' father, a lot of people were upset that I wasn't marrying my own kind. For me, my own kind are people I care about & love. It doesn't have anything to do with their ethnicity, religion or race. At the time I loved their father, he was my own kind.
Our site has received a lot of racially bigoted comments. My sources have claimed that a couple of Mob Wives are prejudice.
I don't feel comfortable commenting.
My sources also have nothing but great thing to say about your mother. Tell me about her.
You are known for having excellent sources. My mother is a dedicated mother. She will do whatever she has to for us. She has always been there for us no matter the storm. She's loving and extremely supportive.
We are aware you don't speak to your father. What happened between the two of you?
My marriage, he disapproved of my choice. He wanted me to marry F.B.I.!
My jaw drops. He wanted you to marry F.B.I.?
Yeah, full blooded Italian! I laugh. She continues. My father was right, I should've never married him. He wasn't the right person for me. It had nothing to do with his ethnicity & everything to do we his character.
|Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero holding his little princess Ramona.|
I was the first grandchild. Pops spoiled me to the tenth degree. I was his doll on display. He always put a smile on my face. He was nothing like the movie (Donnie Brasco) portrayed him. He was full of life & a sharp dresser.
What's your fondest childhood memory?
You remember the Cabbage Patch Doll craze?
Well those dolls were sold out everywhere. My sister, cousin and I wanted those Cabbage Patch Dolls. He was incarcerated during the time. He knew what his babies wanted. And even though he was going through a lot he made sure he put a smile on our faces. One day we get a big brown box from Pops. Inside there were 3 Cabbage Patch Dolls for each of us. He always put family first.
That's a sweet story! Speaking of sweet what's your favorite ice cream?
Rocky Road, I'm nuts about chocolate. It has marshmellows bringing in a bit of vanilla. And the nuts gives you another texture. You have the perfect mixture of smooth, soft and crunchy. Baskin Robbins has the best Rocky Road.
What's your favorite color?
Purple can reflect a variety of moods. It has a wide range. Lavender is calm. Bright purples represent happy. Deeper purple with a hint of red can represent darker moods. And I love the way I look when I wear purple.
The Mob Wives vewers seem to be split down the middle on their interpretation of you. Some think you are a troublemaker. How does it make you feel?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It's not my job or responsibility to convince others to like or understand me. I don't wake up thinking, "How can I make people like me?" I wake up thinking about my kids. They get to see an edited version of each of us. They like what they see or they don't.
Well others think you are beautiful & loyal.
It's always nice to receive positive energy. I'm flattered by the compliments. And I pride myself on being loyal.
How do you feel when individuals refer to Mob Wives as a disgrace?
Whether you like it or not, millions are tuning in. Their opinions are just that their opinions. Once again they're entitled to their opinions. If I don't like a show, I simply don't watch it.
I'd really like to clear some issues up. What was your intent in stepping up to Drita & Karen during their conversation during episode two?
We're not doing this here! I know both women. I was watching their body language. Their expressions and voices were changing. It was getting heated. I knew where it was going. My intent was to stop it from turning into a physical altercation. There was kids there. It was Renee's belated birthday party and the celebration of her life! It was not the time nor place for Karen & Drita to have the discussion. It definitely wasn't the place to fight. We don't get paid extra to fight when the cameras are rolling. So why do this and come off as animals? We are all mothers. I stand by my decision on trying to intervene. Unfortunately Drita started swinging.
|Drita D'avanzo & Ramona Rizzo over 2 years ago.|
On the subject of kids for the last several days Drita D'avanzo has been tweeting that you talked about her kids.
Drita is a liar. I've never talked about her kids. Aleeyah & Giselle are beautiful, bright and delightful kids. I am a mother first and would never talk about the children negatively. Why don't you ask her about why she's now claiming not to really know me?
Drita and I aren't on talking or tweeting terms. I laugh. Does she know you?
Yes, she does. As a matter of fact I took her daughter to see one of the Twilight movies. I believe it was New Moon. We had a great time. Drita even showed up. How is it that she doesn't know me? And who sends their kids off in the care of people they don't know?
Drita says, writes and tweets anything that she thinks is going to make herself save face, look good or outshine others.
Back to the allegations of you talking about her kids; did you?
No. I have no reason to talk about her kids unless it's positive. They're wonderful kids.
I did an interview with Hollywood Life. The interviewer accurately quoted me. I said that I think Drita coaches her children for the cameras in an attempt to garner the audience's sympathy. My comment is directed to a grown woman and the lengths she'll go to.
Can you give me an example?
I can give you more that one. Season 1 Aleeyah asks her about rats. Drita then explains Lee is in jail due to rats. One, Lee is in jail because he committed crimes. If my kids ask about rats, I'm thinking four legs and a tail. More importantly, "Did you see one and where?" I think it was an attempt to dig at Karen's situation with her father Sammy. This season Aleeyah asks Drita was she in a fight. The scene was filmed sometime later after the fight. Wouldn't a child ask their mother when she comes home with a black eye? A kid is going to wait a week later when the injury is healing? It doesn't make sense to me. Again Aleeyah is an awesome kid. Giselle is a great kid. Our kids have played together. I don't have one bad word to say about the D'avanzo girls. My comments and opinions are directed to their mother who is a grown ass woman. It's my opinion that Drita uses her kids when it comes to her filming scenes. I'm entitled to my opinion. Now another site went after Karina a 12 year old child. It's sad someone felt my opinion gave them the green light to lie on a child. I think minor children should be off limits as far as the negativity.
Sidebar: Drita tweeted that the blogger was a good person & didn't mean any harm. She later deleted her tweet defending the blogger.
It's getting hot in here or I'm having hot flashes. VH1 posted a sneak peek of episode 3, you go to jail! What was it like?
Cold, I had to borrow someone's jacket. I had a summer dress on. I wasn't bored. My boyfriend was a couple of cells down from me.
Did you pose for a mug shot?
Yeah, 2 sets and 2 sets of fingerprints, I was in there for 13 hours. I was never charged with anything.
|Lee D'avanzo puts a garter on a blushing Ramona.|
Yeah, I do. I grew up with Lee.
Is he a mobster?
No. He is not by any means. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Okay that's a definite no if I ever heard one. What's your favorite scene from Mob Wives season 1?
She laughs. When Renee says no with her fingers to Carla. Renee is a character. Her facial expressions are the best. You have to love Renee, that scene made me laugh!
What's your least favorite scene?
When Drita threw the candle at Karen on the rooftop. Oh let me address another situation. Drita in an interview claims Karen and I jumped a friend of Carla's. Let me tell you now, I've never jumped her. I challenge Drita to get the victim to come forward. It never happened. Drita once again is telling lies to pad her agenda.
Let's lighten this up, I love your style & look. Who does your hair & make up?
Right now, a hair stylist named Ashley does my hair. She's really good. I like her work. Several people have done my make up. My sister Roxanne has done it and my good friend Love Majewski has too.
|The Riz getting her Hookah on!|
It's a pipe with water and flavored tobacco. I don't smoke cigarettes or weed. I do enjoy hookah. It's a social thing in the Middle East. Sometimes there is even fresh fruit on top!
Can you give me any inside information about Mob Wives season 2?
It's the craziest. It's pensive. It's definitely more competitive. And depending on editing it could turn out to be the most accurate one.
Alright, one last question which site is your favorite Mob Wives related site to read?
I only know one site and it's yours. I like real things & people. You and Chiara are real. Your site is real. I don't like imitations or imitators.
Awwwwww, thank you for that answer! I love it. But there are some other good sites out there.
Yes there are others. Your site truly has focused on Mob Wives from day one. You & Chiara write the truth or your opinion. A lot of people appreciate that, no disrespect to any other site.
The interview ends.
Well Ramona Rizzo sure has great taste in blogs! I am laughing hard as I type. Seriously whether Ramona likes our site or not, I like her. I like the way she has Karen's back. I respect it so very much. I'll share something else. Though Carla Facciolo got in a tizzy & started bashing our site. I equally respect how she has Drita's back. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. I just don't always particularly like certain geese. Whatever your opinion of Ramona a.k.a. The Riz, she not worried about it. She's back home in America; taking care of four kids, cast in one of the hottest reality shows and enjoying success with a couple of her dearest friends. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who believes friendships remain intact when one moves. Ms. Rizzo is a feisty character to watch this season. I don't know about you. But I am tuning in every Sunday @ 8PM to watch Mob Wives on VH1.
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