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It isn’t all high life and cat fights this season on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The fifth season of the reality show has already featured a scene with cast member Kathy Wakile encouraging her sister Rosie Pierri to get out and meet more people. Pierri is gay and Wakile may help to breakdown some of the stereotypes associated with Italian-Americans and the gay community.

“I think people need to open their eyes and see what’s really inside instead of what’s the shell,” she explained to me over the weekend following an appearance at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. “We’re good people, it’s just we take everything to the extreme.”

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Wakile was carefully not to suggest the same stereotypes apply to all Italian-Americans, or even all those that live in New Jersey. But, she also pointed out that not all of the stereotypes are necessarily negative.

“I think we’re all passionate,” she said. “We love hard, we play hard, and we get angry hard.”

Of course, Italian-Americans love to “mangia” as well. Wakile is now in the desert business with her frozen cannoli kits that she sells through her website. The “Real Housewife” broke down the key ingredients for the treat.

“First of all, you gotta make it with a lot of love,” she explained. “Then you have your Ricotta, and confectionary sugar, and then you have your shell. And that’s pretty much it.”

Wakile told me that her favorite place to grab a cannoli in Manhattan is Ferrara’s.