Video: Shortage of pizza makers in … Italy?
posted at 10:48 am on May 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
This is a curious story, and not just for the obvious irony:
Italy has a massive unemployment problem. So why do they need immigrants to flood into the country in order to meet the pizza demand? Is this “a job Italians won’t do,” or is it a sign of perverse incentives that make being unemployed more attractive than working in a pizzeria? Is it because it costs too much to hire, for tax and regulatory reasons? I’m genuinely puzzled, and not just because my first job was working in a pizza shop. It’s not that awful to make pizzas.
By the way, I agree with the American tourists interviewed in the spot. With only a couple of exceptions, the pizza in Italy (or Rome, at least) is superior to most of what one finds in the US.