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Albie Manzo and Vito Scalia have known each other for years ever since the two roomed together in college. Not to mention, they became practically family last year after Vito married Albie's little sister Lauren. But through all of that time, we never really saw any major conflict between these two dudes — until this season of Manzo'd with Children ended on Sunday night.
After a successful meeting with a potential investor in Vito's idea to open an Italian deli in New York, the newlywed decided he wanted to pump the breaks, since he has so many other obligations, including his new married life, finding a home of his own, and starting a family (clip above). Albie, on the other hand, was not happy to hear this at all because he was totally ready to go on this new business venture.
Albie told Bravotv.com that he became frustrated with Vito because of all the time he put into setting up that meeting with Eric Franchi, the potential investor. However, he totally understands where Vito was coming from these days. "I really do think that at the end of it, he made the best possible choice. I don’t think that it would’ve been really fair of me to try to change his mind and force him into a deal that his gut was telling him it wasn’t right for him or someplace he wanted to go," Albie told Bravotv.com. "I actually think it was really mature of him to say it when he did."
Luckily, the tension we saw in the episode didn't last too long, which is good because a world where Albie and Vito are not acting like besties is not a world we want to live in, right? Albie and Vito hashed out their issues and moved forward after a good, long talk at Albie's 30th birthday party in the Manzo'd season finale.
Just because Albie, Vito, and Eric didn't move forward on that deli project doesn't mean they won't be doing more deals in the future. "[Eric] and I actually got much closer and our relationship has evolved quite a bit, and that’s one of the things I’m excited about," Albie said. "I think that’s got a lot to do with we were up front and honest after the meeting about how things weren’t going to work out or go in the direction that we were going to want to go."
And if Vito ever sits down with another investor in the future, he definitely has the etiquette skills to seal any deal.