In case the world needed another reason to hate us, the Jersey Shore kids have been deported (okay, not exactly, but we wish) to Italy to film the fourth season of their hit MTV reality show. The Guidos and Guidettes, some of whom aren't even Italian, will be roaming the streets of Florence, leaving a trail of hair grease, and spreading the love of fist-pumping. But of course it won't be all fun and games. They have to earn a living, right? Right. So MTV has put the cast to work slinging pizza.
The AP painted a lovely picture of pizzeria life this morning:
Paul "Pauly D" Del Vecchio is passing out fliers outside O' Vesuvio pizzeria, and he's decidedly more aggressive working the night shift at the start of several weeks of filming, with Florence, the cradle of Renaissance art and architecture, serving as backdrop for the fourth season of the mostly Italian-American reality stars.
"Best pizza in the world. Ciao, buona sera," Del Vecchio pitches. Duded up, or duded down, in a black T-shirt and black track pants, he looks like a mean bouncer.
Behind the counter, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and housemate Deena "The Blaster" Cortese are cranking out Neapolitan pies for the dinner crowd, which consists of excited fans and not-so accidental tourists, mainly young women, who plunked down 5 euros ($7.50) for a mozzarella-topped pizza and signed a pledge not to reveal any details of the shooting.
Hours earlier, it was Vinnie Guardagnino's turn to pile high the pies, while Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola served the customers, asking if they wanted a little olive oil drizzled on top.
Aw, she really is a sweetheart, isn't she?
Still, apparently it's been a bit of a struggle producing the show abroad. The AP further reports that Florence's mayor was nervous about allowing the hard-partiers to shoot there, and that certain locations wouldn't allow filming at all. City officials finally gave the okay, but strangely, it was before ever seeing any clips from the show. The reaction when they finally saw it? As quoted by the AP, "'Terrible,' ''awful,' 'vulgar,' were some of the adjectives that came to mind when city youth policy commissioner, Cristina Giachi, watched a few episodes."
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