Mob Wives’ Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s uncle Salvatore ‘Sally Dogs’ Lombardi was a Genovese capo

Mob Wives Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

If you’ve been tuning in to the 2nd season of VH1’s docu-series Mob Wives, and apparently many of you have, you certainly noticed new addition Angela “Big Ang” Raiola.

She’s more outspoken than the other cast members (what a statement), lives up to her large nickname and even larger lady lumps (as she likes to joke about) and seems to fit right in with “the lifestyle” of the NYC mob scene. Turns out that “Big Ang” should fit in because girl is connected not only through blood but through business dealings and just her everyday living. Raiola rolls with it, so I thought I’d key you in on her connections to “the lifestyle” and why you see her frequently getting respect from the peeps on Mob Wives.

UPDATE: Peeps have got so much big love for “Big Ang” they’ve went and got tattoos of her. Check the amazing ink out here. Also, it turns out her uncle wasn’t the only one onthe wrong side of the law as court papers reveal that Angela is a convicted felon and former cocaine dealer.

But…. Just in case you haven’t caught an episode yet featuring the gravel voiced lady who is proving to be the calm head and peacemaker of the bunch,  here’s a clip from Vh1 for a little taste of Angela on screen:

On to “Big Ang” and her connection to the New York City Genovese crime family. According to VH1’s official bio for Raiola, she is the niece of the late notorious gangster Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi. Sally Dogs is a reputed former capo of one of the most powerful families in organized crime in America. The Genovese family is one of the “five families” and has been nicknamed the “Ivy League” of organized crime. The family was run for years by “The Oddfather” Vincent “The Chin” Gigante, who would roam the streets of Greenwich village feigning insanity, unshaven, bedecked in a robe while muttering to himself and urinating on the street.

This was a ruse of course and under The Chin’s leadership the Genovese family ran a tight ship. How tight? According to a write up in MafiaToday:

He was never picked up on a wiretap, and avoided prosecution for far longer than the other family bosses. In more than 30 years as head of the family, he was able to consolidate the family’s power over labor unions, the Javits Convention Center, the Fulton Fish Market and the San Gennaro Festival, among other lucrative rackets.

Made guys who even uttered his name had a death warrant placed on their heads. Instead, they could only point to or rub their chins when they wanted to reference him.

Utter his name and they’re coming for your life. That’s how tight.

Raiola from Mob Wives

Sally Dogs is deceased now but just for another taste of the very real entrenched mafia lifestyle Angela grew up around here’s an article from The New York Times about a double homicide involving a former crime member and his lover. In 2009 William Romano (70) and his companion Elviza Aronova (36) were found murdered in Romano’s duplex apartment. Romano was drowned in a bathtub while Aronova was found beaten and stabbed to death.

The one connection made to these murders? It was Romano’s known affiliation with Sally Dogs:

State and federal law enforcement officials said Mr. Romano had long been associated with the Genovese crime family, in particular with the capo Salvatore Lombardi, known as Sally Dogs, who was heavily involved in narcotics trafficking.

Here is Ang’s bio via VH1 that would seem to indicate that Angela is very much still a part of “the lifestyle.”

Angela Raiola aka “Big Ang” is the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob.” She is what many consider a mob moll. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” – even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by the lifestyle code.

Angela Raiola Mob Wives

Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical women who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well known mob wise guys. One would believe that they call her Big Ang for “E Cups” or her even larger lips, but is really because of her larger than life personality. She is hysterically funny without even meaning to be. Often referring to herself as “bad girl” she will have you laughing upon meeting her and keep you laughing until you leave.

Laughing indeed. I just wouldn’t mention too many of her associates by name and I certainly would keep your opinions about her late uncle to yourself if you catch my drift.

Big Ang also still parties with Wise Guys. On Mob Wives, she’s seen nursing a hangover with her friend Linda after they went out drinking with the WGs. Of course, the ladies didn’t have to spend a penny on libations.

“Last night me and my friend were out partying with the guys like we were 21 . . . I like the wise guys because they know how to treat women. They bought me nice houses, gorgeous furs, diamonds, cars. They’re very generous, and they’re very good lookin.’ I’ve dated plenty of wise guys, and I’m lookin’ forward to meeting another one!
Top Photo: Demis Maryannakis / Splash News

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  • Deena

    OMG!!! I thought she was a man!

    • burke

      I don’t care what they say. She is a Man!!!!!!

      • WIZEGUY

        of course he is !

      • bob

        yes burke you are right

        • bob

          and how the hell would go out with that no matter haw much cash he has

    • KuKo 2Gunz

      i luv me sum big ang !!

  • whitney

    I like her!! she be crazy lookin, but she’s funny!!

  • landy

    I like her, she reminds me of my undercover self, lol.

  • lis

    watched the show lastnite…loved her!!! and yes she had me laughing but seemed genuinely sweet…she’s gonna be a big hit for the show

  • Kristell

    idc what you say about how she looks. I LOVE HER HANDS DOWN!! 🙂

  • Tor tor

    I think she will make the show! Go girl

  • Robert

    I love her and think she is amazing. Only hope to see more of her!

  • LadySKYY

    I love Big Ang…she likes to have fun, and she tried to get those witches to settle their differences. Would love to meet her!!!

  • D Wolf

    She is awesome. They should give her her own show.

  • ZuniBabs

    I loved big Ang! She’s my new favorite must have been cool to hang with her!

  • BroadwayBlue

    I like Big Ang! I am however confused! I swore Ang was a man, BUT i can be wrong. It also appeared the girls respected Big Ang Big time.

  • Lisa

    I love Big Ang! I really admire her spirit. She reminds of the type of women that I grew up around. These women are survivors and could really teach some of these younger chicks a thing or 2 about living life to the fullest.

  • I love “Big Ang” she’s hand down the talk of Mobwives. We love her! More “Big Ang” she’s a good time. I don’t like when people call her a man she seems to be a sweet person..

  • Linda

    OMG her laugh is hilarious.

  • I love Big Ang. She is the best character in the show.
    She seems very sincere, not like the original women. They play to the camera. Ang doesn’t have to, That’s what she is!

    I LOVE HA!!

    In fact, I am going to try to count the “swares” so I can win the “sware jar” contest so I can meet her.

    I LOVE HA!

  • Barbell405

    Trust me! If this “woman” was in ANY WAY connected with the Underworld do you think she’d be on a t.v. show bragging about it?
    ”She” says she lives by the code…really, then what the hell are you doing on a show? I’m calling bullsh!t on this he/she!!

  • Big Lou

    Just because she’s talking about her connections doesn’t mean she isn’t connected. I couldn’t tell you how many things I’ve ever said! Haha! Not talking is cliche in The Mafia. Everyone talks now. Il voto del silenzio, right? (:

  • yrma

    I loved Big Ang. she is hilarious, great laugh. hope we see alot more of her. Big Ang has the mob in her blood, you can tell.

  • CDS

    I love Big Ang! What a refreshing addition to the show. I wish I could hang out with her in Staten Island. She seems like a lot of fun!
    You Rock Big Ang! Hope to see a lot more of you on the show! : )


  • bob

    are you a man are was you a man

  • bob

    you was a man right

  • bob

    are you a man you was at one tim right

  • chuck town gal

    She looks and sounds and acts like a tranni to me, but who the hell cares ? She is very entertaining and that is what we watch the show for. And for the comment and being connected and talking ? The “mob” doesn’t have the power it did just 20 years ago. The presence and the attitudes may still exist, but that is really about all these days. Believe it or don’t, I will still sleep tonight, but trust that I have the knowledge to write this.

  • i luv Big Ang…she is a lady who lays it out straight! I’ve never watched the show before but caught a glimpse last night and I’m hooked. Luv her t@ts, big lips and great humor!

  • Debbie

    She has a laugh like Herman Munster and so it is endearing.

  • LILY



    I luv luv luv Big Ang. She makes the show and is a breath of fresh air. I love her spirit, humor, AND HER LAUGH. I do hope to see more of her this season.

  • katie H

    OMG…. I Love Big Ang. She’s a great addition to the show and her personality is Crazy, she’s someone I’d Love to Party with, n for all the Big Ang. HATERS Get A Life, You Wish you could have had the life n connections that she Does n Did!

  • Best on the Show

    People, of course she has connections and friends in the mob. It would be very hard to grow up in that family atmosphere, which clearly she has always embraced, and not be immersed in the lifestyle. She makes the rest of them on that show, with the exception of Karen, look like complete posers. Love the Big Ang, she is facinating.

  • baptiste

    her lips are bigger than her big t!ts…wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tomorrow

    Big Ang is the realest chick on the show. Without her and Karen the show would be crap!Oh and for you “Big Ang” hater’s she is all WOMAN!

  • Big Tee

    She’s Herman monster twin. They got the same laugh. Hysterical!!!

  • Drita, Renee, Carla, Big Ang make this show. Drita
    and Carla seem sane in comparison to the others.
    Renee mega emotions, Big Ang hilarious. these girls
    make this show, probably for others as well.
    Karen tries too hard, and is obviously scared of
    Drita, she keeps calling for a showdown from across
    the room or while being held back with others between
    her and Drita. Ramona, last and most stupid, she’s a
    sticking to Karen to have a link with Renee’s popularity.
    Have fun watching the show great take on things

  • DeVille

    We all know its really John Gotti in drag!!! Ahahahahahaha! Just kiddin! LOVE YA BIG ANG!

  • sue

    stupid show about mob families. why glamour this stuff. they kill people, do drugs, prostitutoon, etc. lice on this planet!!!!!!!

  • Sassy Sue

    I LOVE Big Ang. She is the realist most outspoken person(as well as Renee) that I’ve seen. She seems like a cool sweet person. U go girl. Forget all your haters. Obviously your doing something right because they keep talking

  • dcuban

    big ang is my FAVORITE!!!!!!!!! You can tell she’s always are of what’s going on & always in on the joke……… Seems like a real person &sweetheart. Love the show!

  • shea jones

    Big Ang is real an full of tee!!!! If she is a tranni or not she is very sexy an have became a leader of fashion!!!!I live for her!!!! keep doing what you do an please dont stop!!! Please give us the people of burlington NC something to talk about we love you now an forever!!!!

  • steve

    I think Big Ange is HOT! Just thinking of what she can do for me with those big sexy lips makes me shiver! I would love to have a date with her.

  • Aisha Sanchez

    Big Ang is all that and knows how to party and she keeps it 100% unlike the rest rest of those bimbos!!! Do ya thing Ang everybody loves you!!!!

  • camaro_mang

    Big Ang, hugs