Angela "Big Ang" Raiola's enormous—ahem—personality was too big for VH1's Mob Wives, so the network granted her self-titled spinoff, which she's currently filming in Miami. As the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family, and a single mother of two (a grandma as well), this Brooklyn-born mob momma has dated her fair share of gangsters.
"My advice is always make sure the man loves you more than you love him," Big Ang tells YourTango in an exclusive interview, noting Neil—her estranged husband (whom she recently got matching tattoos with)—is not the love of her life nor the best sex she's had. Sorry, Neil.
Speaking of this celebrity's sex life, Big Ang isn't shy about disclosing her most embarrassing moments in bed. "It was probably when the headboard fell off on top of me," she says. "And when there was a water leak in my bed one night."
There's a visual that could make for some interesting dinner conversation with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the celebrity power couple she'd most like to join on a double date. "They're so good looking. They're a handsome couple. I like that," gushes the reality starlet. While feasting at Le Souk in Manhattan—her place of choice—what else would they discuss? "Probably ... their kids and food, because that always seems to be what I talk about: food," Big Ang spills, noting she's also a good cook (and her favorite thing to make is Sunday Sauce). "When you make the meatballs, the whole family comes."
On the flip side, a non-priority for the VH1 star is working out. "The only time I worked out was when I was on house arrest for six months. That was it," Big Ang recalls during our interview at Mohegan Sun. "I had a trainer. She was working me out every day, torturing my life. I used to hate doing it, but I did it just to kill time. That was 13 years ago. I got arrested on a drug case."
Even though she's not a fan of exercise, there are other Hollywood stars with hot bodies that Big Ang appreciates, including Jennifer Lopez and the late Anna Nicole Smith—not to mention her own. "Well, look at me. I'm going to be 53 in a few weeks. I look at people that are 53, and they look like my mother," she says. "I feel like I'm in pretty good shape for my age. And if I worked on it, I'd probably look better."
Big Ang's most notable body parts—her very large breasts—which she insists don't hurt her at all, aren't the only thing she puts out there. "Everything on that show airs. The more drama, the more they like it. They don't hold back, VH1. They like it. They put it out there."
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