'Mob Wives' star Alicia DiMichele pays up

Posted: July 15, 2014

PHILLY'S FORMER "Mob Wives" star, Alicia DiMichele, agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution in Brooklyn federal court to Teamsters Local 282 for embezzling funds while handling the books for jailbird hubby Edward "Tall Guy" Garofalo Jr., currently serving seven years for murder conspiracy.

According to the New York Daily News, DiMichele's brother Anthony had to write the first check for $20,000 because DiMichele didn't have the cash.

DiMichele originally withdrew her guilty plea in April when Local 282 asked for $2.8 million in restitution. She faces up to six months in prison.

While VH1 has not officially announced DiMichele's departure, she allegedly quit to save face in court. Originally, DiMichele was set to pay $20,000 in restitution with an additional $96,000, the total she earned from "Mob Wives," tacked on.

* In other reality spottings, Juan Pablo Galavis of "The Bachelor" was seen chatting up a comely brunette at DJ Pauly D's performance at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Atlantic City (777 Harrah's Blvd.), despite the fact that he is still reportedly together with Season 18 victor Nikki Ferrell.

Joe Gorga, husband to reality star Melissa Gorga of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," was spotted in Atlantic City this weekend looking at real estate. Gorga dined at the Iron Room inside Atlantic City Bottle Company (648 N. Albany Ave.) on Thursday night. Gorga was with the restaurant's owner, Mark Callazzo, who is also a real-estate lender, and some other investor pals. The new season of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiered last night on Bravo.

Sean Brace isn't just  Jon Marks '  radio partner, he's also a killer wingman. 97.5 the Fanatic's Marks tied the knot with fiancee Liz this weekend at the Hyatt Penn's Landing, and it wouldn't have happened without Brace.

Marks and his lady met at Center City watering hole Ladder 15 (1528 Sansom St.) while he was guest-bartending one night with Brace, who used to work with the new Mrs. Marks. Liz came out to support her old buddy and met Marks, although they didn't start chatting until later that year. Marks proposed on July Fourth last year while on a Las Vegas vacation and the rest, as they say, is history. They are honeymooning in Aruba.


Congrats to Ralph Mazzocchi, who won the Philly episode of the Tony Luke Jr.-judged food competition show "Frankenfood" last night. Mazzocchi created a dish with mac and cheese, lobster, Cheetos, white chocolate, white wine, tomatoes and Irish whiskey.

Hungry television viewers can try it for themselves. Molly Malloy's in the Reading Terminal (1136 Arch St.) starts selling the take on lobster mac and cheese today. Mazzocchi had a leg up; he's already a chef at his spot Ralph's (117 SW End Ave., Lancaster) . Catch "Frankenfood" on Sundays at 10 p.m. on Spike.


Good thing North Philly-born and -raised rapper Meek Mill got to have some fun before he heard the bad news that he had violated probation and was going to jail. Mill and a crew of 10 buddies partied at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden St.) on Wednesday night. I hear the group was friendly to everyone but stingy on tipping bartenders.

Kevin Bacon and bro Michael stayed at the Hotel Palomar while in town for their sold-out Bacon Brothers show at the Sellersville Theater (24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville).

* Miss America contestant Acacia Courtney, who hails from Connecticut, stopped by Osteria (640 N. Broad St.) to talk with students about her platform of Meatless Mondays and staying active.

'Whole Lotta' country

Paul Sinclair, the lead singer of Philly's own Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out, was asked to join country superpower the Zac Brown Band onstage for a rendition of Zeppelin's classic "Whole Lotta Love" at their show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

I hear Sinclair was at the show to deliver amps that a friend at Alessandro High-End Products had built for the band. Sinclair hit it off so well with bandleader Zac Brown that he asked Sinclair to join him onstage.

'Inside' edition

"Alive Inside," a documentary about the powerful use of music in the treatment of Alzheimer's patients and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner , will be presented at a red-carpet event tomorrow at the Kimmel Center. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter. CBS3 medical reporter Stephanie Stahl will host a Q&A after the screening.

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