Angela Rizzoli is the Rizzoli children's overbearing Italian mother. She worked at the Boston Police Department as a waitress at the Division One Café. She now works in The Dirty Robber.

Season Three

At one point, the Division One Cafe began having so many customers and she and Stanley were having difficulty working their stations, as shown in "Welcome to the Dollhouse". Frost, wanting to help make things faster for all of them, decided to put up a website for Angela where her customers can order in advance. At first, the website was getting little traffic, so Frost advises her to put up a blog to attract people to the site. She then started and put up "Angela's Cafe and Crime" blog. Her first post is about the current case Jane was working on, posting details about needing help catching the killer that targets young ladies. Her blog, because of her posts and the publicity that Rondo and his little gang of "Angela's Guardians" later stir, almost instantly gets thousands of followers. Sean Cavanaugh is initially furious about the publication of their case, but Angela charms her way out of trouble. Jane later asks Frost to shut her blog down, which he obviously did not do.

Season Five

She quits working for the cafe and breaks up with Sean. She then begins looking for a new job, including having Frankie quiz her to prepare for job interviews. As of Foot Loose, she began working at the Dirty Robber.

Season Six

She begins to date Ron Hanson off-screen, but she hid him from her children. The first people to meet him are Vince and Kiki in Fake It 'Till You Make It for a double date when Jane and Maura are out of town on a case.

Season Seven


Angela tends to be spontaneous and brash at times, acting more like the child in her relationship with her children, Jane and Frankie. She is also overbearing and fiercely protective of her children, especially of Jane and Frankie who have decided to become cops, which she does not like since it puts their lives at stake and she has even said that she has not slept since Jane decided to become a cop. Angela also wishes that Jane be a little more feminine and constantly tries to set her up on dates, much to Jane's displeasure.

When Angela gets emotional, she can't bring herself to speak so she has to write things down for her children instead.

When people are sick, she has remedies that not many would think to use such as garlic in an orange peel.




Throughout the first season, their relationship deteriorates. They separate in We Don't Need Another Hero, leaving Angela to deal with the mess left behind. He returns later to talk of getting an annulment in Dirty Little Secret so he could marry a much younger woman, Lydia. He then leaves, leaving Angela to deal with debt from the IRS and returns in Just Push Play to reveal that he had prostate cancer.

Sean Cavanaugh

He and Angela begin to date after the separation when she worked at the Division One cafe. After she quit her job at the Division One cafe, she broke up with him in Boston Keltic. (This is his last appearance on the show.)


They begin to date off screen in Season 6 but due to his daughter Joann's interference, break up in Two Shots: Move Forward. He returns in For Richer or Poorer and admits that he loves her and rejects their breakup.


  • In Bridge to Tomorrow it is revealed that she doesn't have a college degree. She also mentions working for her husband's plumbing company. It is also later revealed in Cops vs. Zombies that she never graduated high school.
  • In Deadly Harvest, Angela took up ice skating and it is revealed that Angela is bad at sports:
    • She has gotten injured her wrist when taking up golf.
    • She gotten injured during tennis.
    • She almost drowned when swimming at the Y.
  • In Bomb Voyage, her Ex-boyfriend Ron Hanson invited her to Paris for the weekend.


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