‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa Takes Eli Manning to a Proper NYC Italian Dinner

by Joe Rutland

Don’t be surprised, Outsiders, by “Blue Bloods” star Steve Schirripa taking former New York Giants QB Eli Manning to an Italian dinner.

Well, Schirippa was calling it a proper New York City Italian dinner. He plays Anthony Abetemarco in the CBS police drama, yet he works alongside Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan, played by Bridget Moynahan.

Other fans may remember him from playing Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos.”

If you listen closely to him chatting it up with Eli and a guest, you’ll hear Schirripia mention how they’d treat actors to dinner at this restaurant. Oh yeah, the ones who were getting killed off “The Sopranos” received the special dinner.

Anyway, here is our Italian dinner host and his special guests.

These days, Eli Manning can be seen with his brother Peyton offering up analysis on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” No, they are not in the booth.

The brothers are sitting at their homes, with cameras on them as they offer their unique takes on the game.

As for Schirripa, you catch him on “Blue Bloods” on Friday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on CBS.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Rcalls How He Ended Up With His Role On ‘The Sopranos’

Any time an actor can be on one of television’s hit shows, then it’s a great thrill.

The “Blue Bloods” star realizes that was the case for Schirripa when he picked up his role on “The Sopranos.”

He spoke in 2017 to Arthur Kade of Celebrity Page where the actor spoke about his career.

When asked how he came about getting the role, Schirripa answered him honestly.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Sometimes, you don’t take a step back to think about that, ’cause sometimes you’re looking for the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. But yeah, I’ve got very lucky to be part of all these projects, and I work very hard and I’m lucky.”

Schirripa said that he really wasn’t an actor before getting the role of Baccalieri on “The Sopranos.”

“I was [an actor], but I had a day job, so to get on any show would’ve been incredible,” he said. “But to get on that show was like hitting the lottery.”

When asked about Schirripa, being on the show, Moynahan offered these words.

“He is, he’s great, you know,” she said in an interview. “I was thrilled that they found me somebody that not only looked the part but really feels like the part. And… he’s kind of dropped right into the role.”

He’s a rare actor who has found himself on two stellar TV series. Watch him and Moynahan on “Blue Bloods” and you may notice them really working well together.