NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 6:17 PM
Big Ang wanted to go out big.
Angela Raiola’s friends and fellow “Mob Wives” stars tell [email protected] that her final wish was to have, instead of a traditional wake, a party at a legendary Brooklyn disco — complete with costume changes for her through the evening.
Renee Graziano and Carla Facciola say that back in the 1980s Angela Raiola (photo inset) was the queen of Bay Ridge nightclub Pastels, and wanted to be the life of the party there one last time.
“Ang walked in that room and — years ago, the way everyone dressed — you couldn’t miss Angela,” said Facciola. “She walked in with the most funkiest colors on, the furs, the leather. That was her place and that’s where she wanted her wake held.”
The pals recalled that it was their ritual on Saturday night and Wednesday night (which was ladies night) to hit the spot with their crew.
“It was a good time and you had your VIP card and you thought you were special, because we never waited in line. We breezed the line,” said Graziano, who is currently appearing on the final season of the VH1 show. “Angela didn’t want anyone to be sad when she passed. She wanted a big disco party.”
“She wanted to be laid out in Pastels with the music playing,” added Facciola. “She wanted to have her outfits changed for the night; disco balls going; shots!”
Sadly, her family couldn’t make the dream come true – Pastels closed in 1997. In the end, a more traditional wake was held at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn, where friends and family streamed in for several days of viewings.
Raiola, who died Feb. 18 at 55 of cancer, went into the nightlife business herself, opening Staten Island’s Drunken Monkey as well as short-lived outposts in Brooklyn and Miami.