On Friday night Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice, her brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga officially opened their restaurant, inspired by their late mother Antonia Gorga, Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza.
“My mother loved to cook; it was like her drug,” Joe told PEOPLE at the private opening party for the restaurant. “I always told her I was gonna open up a restaurant for her. Then I got busy. While I signed a contract on this place we lost her. So this is for her.”
Teresa also told the site at the restaurant opening that she picked up her famous cooking skills from her mama. “We wanted to share her recipes with the world,” she said.
Many of the Italian favorites on the restaurant’s menu come from Teresa’s cookbook Fabulicious. Many of the dishes are also named after family members, including Melissa’s Harvest Salad, Little Joey’s Chicken Piccata, and Gia’s Chicken Milanese. If you can’t make it out to the restaurant to try these delicacies, have no fear. Their pasta sauce will be available for purchase through the restaurant’s website.
Check out the photos from the event below.
Congrats to the family on their new venture!
Photo Credit: Bravo