Mother of Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro who appeared regularly on the reality series until her 2010 retirement, still appearing on occasion after the fact.
She was born in Altamura, Puglia, Italy as Mary Tubito. She would raise her children in New Jersey.
She announced in 2012 that she had been diagnosed with ALS. Buddy set up the Mama Mary Foundation upon discovering the diagnosis.
She was married to Buddy Valastro Sr. until his death in 1995. In 2017, she remarried to Sergio Picinich.