Who can forget the quaint dinner Joe and Teresa Giudice held for Caroline Manzo and her young son during Season 2. The dinner was topped off with an incredible plate of Cannoli, fruits, other sweet delicacies made by Teresa Giudice.
Years before Kathy Wakile and her titimisu offered in the parking lot next door to the Totowa Cemetery, Teresa was cooking, baking, taking care of her rambunctious young daughters and showing her daughters and viewers the true meaning of Italian traditions.
Bottling tomatoes with their grandparents:
Making brick oven pizza with the extended family:
Baby Audriana’s birth and Christening – no name calling, no drunken brawls and no bloodshed.
Watching Gia as she maneuvers her way through the world of modeling, acting, and dancing.
The trip to Italy filled with scenic vistas and amazing food, including CANNOLI!
Fast forward to Season 3 and Season 4 and the Dark Side of “respect” and “old school” as we are plunged into Cannoli-Gate.
With the introduction of Katerina Wakile, we come to learn that she and/or her mother invented Italian cuisine from the inception of time to present. Apparently, Kathy lurks around libraries and bookstores, and points to photos in cookbooks identifing each photo as “my mother’s _________ [insert name of food in photo].”
In Season 4, Kathy met with the executives of Bindi to discuss marketing her desserts. Kathy is conveniently vague about what, if anything, came from her disasterous meeting with the Bindi executives (where her husband announced that she tastes like fish).
Faux Reality wants us to believe that Bindi jumped at the chance to have Kathy (the inventor of all Italian desserts) partner with Bindi. The Reality is quite different.
Bindi is a highly respected Italian company that was established by the Bindi family in 1946. Most of it’s gourmet dessert product line is produced in Italy and imported to the United States for distribution. Bindi sets forth it’s values.
It was highly unlikely that a 60 year old Italian company with Master Pastry Chefs on staff would suddenly partner with a woman with no formal training to make it’s cannoli. Bindi has been marketing its own cannoli years before Kathy claimed that she and/or her mother invented them. Bindi has also had a cannoli kit, not as popular as it’s ready made, flash frozen cannoli, but a cannoli kit nonetheless.
So why has Kathy Wakile been so vague about whether Bindi partnered with her and “her Cannoli kit?” After all the swipes Kathy took at Teresa for the recipes, wouldn’t Kathy want to make it clear what part she played in the recipe, manufacture and distribution of the kit that she intends to introduce to QVC in less than 2 months?
If Kathy was able to structure a deal with Bindi, she would be flaunting it. The deal is as follows:
Bindi refused to have their name associated with Kathy Wakile or her companies. Bindi agreed to reactivate it’s cannoli kit (that it has not actively marketed) under a different label (unassociated with Bindi), it will allow Wakile to name and market the cannoli kit. In exchange Wakile will receive a percentage of net sales.
How ironic that after Kathy’s snide comments to Teresa about her mother’s pizzelle cookies, Kathy will be promoting a cannoli kit that is not a Pierri recipe.