Rocco’s cited by NYC Department of Health for “live flies,” other problems.

Rocco’s cited by NYC Department of Health for “live flies,” other problems.
As if gatherings of media whores weren’t enough of a problem, Rocco DiSpirito’s restaurant Rocco’s–the setting of The Restaurant–has been cited for six code violations by the New York City Department of Health. Among the problems outlined in the report, which was obtained by The Smoking Gun, are “evidence of live flies…in a food preparation area,” utensils stored “in a metal container of greasy stagnant water,” and a non-working employee bathroom door. Additionally, The Smoking Gun reveals that “DiSpirito owns 50 percent of Rocco’s, which was launched with a $1.5 million investment and pays $36,499 monthly for its swanky Flatiron space. The restaurant’s annual payroll approaches $2 million.”
+ also: Rocco: “I take the health code very seriously.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.