In the beginning of Jersey Shore, Vinny was kind of the quiet kid, not your typical Italian guido and definitely not a fan of guys with fake tans and blowouts! But as he integrated into the group, Vinny transformed from a laid-back smartie to a true guido star, and surprisingly befriended and “bromanced” the one cast member we all thought he’d have beef with: Pauly D!

Vinny and Snooki infamously hooked up several times on Jersey Shore, but called things off as Snooks began to realize that Vinny only saw her as a friend. It was a bummer for those of us that wanted to see them end up together, but we know Snooks is happier than ever with her amazing fiancé Jionni now, and Vinny and Jionni put the past behind them, so it all worked out! Besides getting it on with Snooki, Vinny spent his days at the Shore working hard at the T-shirt shop, goofing off his with boy Pauly, and putting the “V” in MVP! So now that the show is over, what is Vinny up to now?

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Well for starters, he has his own spin-off, a reality/talk show hybrid aptly titled The Show With Vinny! He hangs out with tons of cool celebrities like Lil Wayne and Ke$ha, having them over at his house in Staten Island to interact with his wacky family. He’s filmed with Cesar Milan for the Dog Whisperer’s new show, made appearances at tons of big celeb-studded events, and continued his work as an animal rights advocate by supporting the ASPCA and encouraging everyone to adopt. Oh, and he rescued an adorable Pitbull named Tita, of course, adding to his growing family of animals.

Vinny’s career is currently on the up, as it seems like every day he’s meeting a cool new celeb or having them over for spaghetti and meatballs at his Staten Island casa. We can’t wait to see what he does next (and hopefully it involves more adorableness with Pauly D!)

Are you surprised at how successful Vinny has been? What’s your favorite thing he’s done since the show? Sound off below!