'Real Housewives NJ': Caroline Manzo sounds off, 'We dodged a bullet'

real-housewives-of-new-jersey-caroline-manzo.jpg Caroline Manzo can be considered the De facto matriarch of " The Real Housewives of New Jersey." This season, she has a done a good job of keeping her hands clean of Danielle Staub drama.

We can't say the same for her sister, Dina Manzo, who ended up leaving the show after a very heated argument with Danielle - one Caroline warned her not to go on.

"The insanity of it all," Caroline tells Zap2it. "I don't know what to say. I would have preferred that she didn't do it. Nothing good could have come out of it, well, with the exception of great TV I suppose."

We chatted with Caroline about some of the misconceptions about her family and their business, and how she kept her cool when her son crossed with the likes of Danielle and Kim G.

Why do people connect your family with the mafia?
That's the million-dollar question. I don't know if it's a 'Sopranos' thing, I don't know if it's an Italian thing from Jersey, I don't know what it is. But it is something that for years and years people always have said. I guess when you run a restaurant business, same with a builder, you get that stigma attached to you. Absolutely ridiculous. It is insulting. It is insulting because they have worked so, so hard to build the business and I find it offensive to disrespect all of the work they have put in to this place and to just so cavalierly throw that at us. But you know what? Again, you take it from where it comes and you say okay, great, have fun.