Who is Teresa Giudice's father? Meet the man who played peacemaker between the Gorgas and Giudices on 'RHONJ'
On the latest episode of 'RHONJ', the family will be paying their tribute to the late Gorga patriarch
Whenever Teresa Giudice's home was shown on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey', the housewife's father Giacinto Gorga aka Nonno was always seen hanging around the kitchen whipping up some delicious food or doling out his pearls of wisdom to whoever sought him.
It was definitely weird to see the reality star's home without our favorite onscreen grandpa on season 11. The news of Nonno's passing made headlines in April 2020. Since then, we have seen the housewife and her brother Joe Gorga frequently reminisce about him, and share his photos on social media. As the Gorgas and Giudices get ready to celebrate Nonno's life on his death anniversary, in case you're curious to know more about the Gorga patriarch then continue reading.
Who is Giacinto Gorga?
Giacinto Gorga is the father of 'RHONJ' star Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga. He was frequently featured on the show as the peacemaker between the Gorgas and Giudices. When Teresa and her former husband Joe Giudice got into trouble with the law, Giacinto and his wife Antonia Gorga stepped in to help their daughter in raising her four daughters.
While Teresa was in prison serving her sentence for wire fraud, her mother passed away in March 2017. During an interview with ABC News, the housewife revealed how she was angry with her former husband for taking away her time from her family. She said, "After my mom passed away, that’s when I got really angry because I felt like I lost time with my mom and I got mad at him (Joe Giudice)."
After Antonia's passing, Giacinto moved in with Teresa. The housewife joked about her father being her 'fifth kid', as she was the 'sole provider of the family. Antonia's passing took a toll of Giacinto. The housewife explained, "It’s rough. They were married for 47 years. He goes and sees her every day. I go with him a lot at the mausoleum. He doesn’t miss a day.”
Three years later, Giacinto too fell very sick and was diagnosed with pneumonia, and eventually passed away in April 2020. On the latest episode of 'RHONJ', the family will be paying their tribute to the late Gorga patriarch, Teresa took to her Instagram to post a series of video clips and pay homage to her father. She wrote, "Some days I cannot believe you’re gone, I hate walking into the kitchen and not seeing your smile, hearing your warm laugh or feeling you squeeze my hand. The girls & I miss you everyday... @joeygorga & @melissagorga miss you everyday too, he’s so protective of me just like you taught him to be 💕 You were a perfect father & I know you & mommy are cooking a feast & dancing to Bocelli today, watch over all of us & always protect us all. Love you Papa 🥃✨❣️🙏🏼💕"
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 11 airs every Wednesday at 9/8c only on Bravo.