BY ALLISON RUPPINO
He made her an offer she couldn't refuse. Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro invited good friend, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Kim Granatell, to The Mob Candy Prohibition Cocktail Party, Saturday, January 15th at Epoca in New York City.
Mob Candy Magazine, the entertainment magazine of mafia politics, pleasures, and power invited mob character actors to celebrate prohibition. Also in attendance were models from past covers, producers, photographers, friends, families, and entertainers.
As Murro, his wife Kelly, Robyn Polay and Kim G walked into the "mob" of people, they spotted Danny Provenzano standing by the bar. Provenzano was Danielle Staub's friend, body guard, and confidante this past season on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Kim G and Provenzano were both best friends with Staub, until Staub and Kim G became enemies. In order to poke fun at the reality madness that ensued on the show, Kim G and Provenzano took some "playful" choking and slapping photographs.
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" fans would be interested not only to see these photos, but to know Kim G and Provenzano must have shared some funny "sob" stories — sorry, Staub stories that is. Although the pictures might say otherwise, Murro and the two cast mates got along well showing there were no grudges held. Murro found out that Provenzano is working on his role for an upcoming movie and has other interesting projects in the works. "The Housewives show didn't help Danny appear likable, but I thought Danny was a pretty cool and easy going guy, I would have drinks with him anytime," said Murro.
Later, Murro and his group spent time with Artie Pasquale("The Sopranos"), Frank Albanese ("Goodfellas"), Al Linea ("Boardwalk Empire"), Lou Veneria ("Boardwalk Empire"), Gianni Russo ("Godfather"), Vinny Vella ("Casino"), and Steve Dash, who played the original Jason in "Friday the 13th". "I have to say, we had a great time hanging out with the man from behind the mask," explained Murro.
How could there be a party without the Kim Kardashian of Staten Island, "Jersey Shore's" Angelina Pivarnick? Whether she is in New Jersey, Miami, or Epoca, the drama will follow. Her group brought some commotion to the mob scene. She informed Murro and Granatell that a process server was at the cocktail party trying to serve her a lawsuit stemming from the fight in which she reportedly participated in Atlantic City. Pivarnick was one of the contenders in Damon Feldman's celebrity wrestling match that took place at the Taj Mahal hotel in Atlantic City this past winter. Apparently, one of her crew members stepped in at Epoca to help her avoid the service and brought her upstairs to hide out. This reality star is from Staten Island; doesn't she know you can't hide from the mob, let alone when you are at a mob party?
Murro later received a text from Ice T's buddy Jeff Boyd who Murro met with Ice on New Years Eve, also known in the music biz as Big Jeff, giving them a VIP invite to the Slick Rick concert at the Highline Ballroom right down the road. (Slick Rick's real name is Richard Walters, and he is a Grammy-nominated British American rapper.) Murro then extended the invite to Pivarnick, so after the Mob party they all headed to the Highline, where they were brought backstage to the smallest dressing room Murro had ever seen. They all hung out there with some members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Jeff and several of Slick Rick's friends. When Rick showed up, they all stood on the side of the stage with Rick's entourage while he played to a packed house of nearly 500 people.
He busted out with a few of his hits, "Mona Lisa," "La Di Da Di," and more. One of the highlights of the show was to see Granatell get her groove on. It was Kim G's first rap concert, but she looked like a veteran hip hop goer with her "fresh" moves. The night came to an end after the show. "We went from the roaring ‘20s to the early ‘90s all within a few hours," said Murro. "I'm really getting too old for this."