Notorious “D” From Staten Island

Photo: The Chicago Syndicate Com

Her fans say’s she is the realist, hard core

Drita D’avanzo  is a mother, business owner, freelance make up artist,aspiring rapper and author and the most popular star on   VH1’s “Mob Wives”.

A few days ago Notorious D turned herself in after beating Mary Bratti. Some reports say Bratti was hospitalized.  Notorious D was charged with misdemeanor assault.   The fight was over a parking space.

The fight was taped and seen on TMZ.  Reached for comment Wednesday, Bratti asked if the Advance would pay money for information on the case. When the answer was no, she had no comment.  (from

No Lightweight

Fans of Mob Wives have witnessed the fast reflexes of Notorious D. who boxes in a gym and trains like a professional fighter on Staten Island.   Castmate “Big Ang” said Drita used to beat up all the girls.

Friends for Life  

Notorious D and most of the cast of Mob Wives have know each other for years.

Street fighting was apart of “D” life and on Mob Wives nearly everyone fought with another cast member at one point on the show.  It was how they resolved disputes . On the show, the toughest ladies  were  Love  Majewski and Notorious D . Love was arguably the toughest, she was also the scariest.  She could flip for no reason and take no prisoners (she reportedly stabbed her boyfriends-one in front of his mother).   Notorious D , stands 5.7 and weighs less than 120 pounds and leads with a left hook. When it comes to fights, Notorious D has no equals, (0n any reality show)she may show up with her hands taped and she only pulls hair when her hair is pulled .

What Notorious D(in the purple shirt) in this clip.   She wasn’t involved in this Season 5 classic table turner last season but watch her reactions.

When people have a fight, you let them fight ,until somebody’s jacked up until they cant fight, that’s when ends.

In its final season, we are learning more about the relationships than before.  Notorious D grew up in the projects. She like a lot of women entered the life through her boyfriends.

“When you come from a place where you’ve never even been to a restaurant and then someone comes and takes you to lunch and the bill is $450, just lunch, and then says, ‘Do you want to go shopping? Here’s $5,000.’ I’m gonna go work for $10 an hour? My wheels were turning.”

Drita is the only cast member who is not Italian ,she is  Albanian.  Her husband, Lee D’Avanzo,  is a reputed member of Bonanno Crime Family and Colombo Crime Family. In 2001 Lee received an 8 year sentence for various robberies and drug dealing cases.  His last stent  in prison was in 2011  on a bank-robbery case and  he was released in 2013. The couple has two girls

Notorious D and cast member Karen Gravano are the best of frenemies. The two have duked it out all over Staten Island and the other boroughs.  The root of their conflicts could be jealousy.  Karen dated Lee (Drita’s hubby) for 7 years .

This interview was filmed in 2011. That year Drita learned her husband cheated on her and was contemplating divorce while he was in prison.

With all the Wives in their forties and fifties with teenage children. They are reevaluating their behaviors.  Notorious D  may face a different lesson,  the effect of a beat down on her wallet.



Big Ang Has Stage Four Cancer .

The heart of Mob Wives, Angela(Big Ang) Raiola has stage four cancer.  Last week, her sister Janine Detore said the the Chemotherapy was not working and her tumors had spread to her brain and lungs. 

She opened a Go Fund Me page to help defray the cost of Ang’s alternative treatment, which involves the use of cannabis oil. Originally, Ang and her family were hoping for an accrued contribution of $25,000; as of this  this week, fans have donated over $44,000 to help Big Ang.

In her style, Big Ang has been on Twitter to thank well wishers.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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