What were Joe Piscopo and Federico Castelluccio (a.k.a Furio from the Sopranos) doing on Church Street in Montclair last night?
Piscopo and Castellucio dropped by to celebrate the birthday of a good friend, attorney Anthony Pope of Newark and NYC. Pope is a business partner of Franco Porporino, who owns Fresco along with his brother Robert.
Porporino hosted the party at the restaurant and guests who came in off the street for dinner were surprised to see the celebs and even more surprised when Piscopo got up to serenade birthday boy Pope with a rendition of “My Way.”
Maybe they shouldn’t have been too surprised. When you walk into Fresco, the first thing you see are a row of photos featuring Porporino with different Hollywood A-lister friends, including Denzel Washington and Mickey Rourke.
Castelluccio gave Pope a present — a print of his painting of the Duke and Duchess of North Caldwell, Tony and Carmella Soprano. Besides acting, Castelluccio, who was born in Naples and grew up in Paterson, is an accomplished artist. Also at the party: Bernie Madoff’s former body guard Nicholas Casale.
Weâ€™re also hearing that the short film Keep Your Enemies Closer, directed by Castellucio, will be turned into a feature film.
So keep an eye out on Church Street (and yes, we’ve noticed some Maseratis and Lamborghinis of late).