Among his many endearing qualities, Teresa Giudice's late father, Giacinto Gorga, had a contagious zest for food. A whiz in the kitchen himself — this is a man who would wake up at 6 a.m. to cook octopus — "Nonno" also loved a good restaurant meal, and reveled in a lavish holiday spread. So when she misses her dad, Teresa sometimes uses food to keep his memory alive.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey mama has cooked her father's signature dish, steak pizzaiola, in his honor — and she's even teaching her daughters how to whip up the cozy Italian meal. And over Labor Day weekend, the fitness buff ordered an eye-popping charcuterie board that paid tribute to Nonno in advance of his September 8 birthday.
From Teresa's go-to charcuterie-board source, Plated by D, this spread featured tray upon tray of Italian-style snacks. There were meats, cheeses, dips, nuts, and crusty slices of bread; there was also tomato-mozzarella salad, big bunches of grapes, and tiny flower arrangements tucked into the buffet-style feast.
But most special of all, there was Nonno himself. The board was filled with framed photos of the beloved family patriarch.
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