“It definitely looked like a double date,” the onlooker says, explaining the former couple were dining with another duo at Molos Mediterranean restaurant in Weehawken, New Jersey, on Tuesday, August 18.
Teresa and the hunk “didn’t show any PDA” during their outing, the source adds, “there was just a lot of talking and laughter.”
“The group seemed to have a really enjoyable experience dining along the waterfront,” the source continues. “They stayed after the restaurant closed and left late, shutting the place down. They left a $150 tip to the waiter’s delight.”
Their lavish meal included “a seafood medley of octopus, oysters, crab and shrimp” and they even an bought “expensive bottle of wine” for the table.
Even though Teresa and Anthony seemed cozy during their outing, a second source reveals to In Touch there is no romantic connection between them — it was just “a friendly night out.” Tony will also be appearing again this season on RHONJ in a “limited capacity.”
The reality star and Anthony, a.k.a “Tony the pool guy,” go way back. During a November 2019 episode of the Bravo show, Tre explained their relationship history while he was at her home installing a new pool. Revealing they have known each other for 41 years, she said she and Tony used to play football with her brother Joe Gorga and the businessman would always “tackle” her. “It was love,” Tony said.
When Teresa asked about the progress Tony was making on her pool, he gave her a pretty flirty response. “If I get things done for customers that I didn’t grow up with my whole life, you know I’m gonna get it done for you,” he said before they exchanged a hug and a kiss on the cheek. “Look at you, mama mia,” Joe, 40, teased his sister upon his arrival. “You want him, huh?”
One month after the episode aired, Teresa and Tony were spotted out and about, just days after she split from estranged husband Joe Giudice. In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, Tony could be seen wrapping his arms around the brunette beauty while enjoying some breakfast.
Despite their PDA, Teresa’s lawyer James Leonard set the record straight at the time about their relationship status. “People should spend time with their families and enjoy the Christmas holiday, not worry about Teresa Giudice eating breakfast with a longtime friend,” he said in a statement to Us Weekly. The duo was later seen celebrating Christmas Eve together at her house.
Reporting by Diana Cooper
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