From the moment he could walk, Johnnie de Luca was running up and down the aisles of his grandfathers’ pizzeria in Lower Manhattan, keeping the local patrons entertained with his sideshow antics. From his ultimate-spaghetti-eating contests and attempting to make the world’s largest meatball to tossing pizza dough blindfolded, Johnnie never failed to amuse. Eventually Johnnie’s grandfather realized that all his grandsons’ untapped energy would make him the perfect delivery boy, or at the very least it would get Johnnie’s little, meatball-stealing hands out of the kitchen. Much to his grandfather’s delight, biking around the city gave Johnnie a newfound freedom and cemented him as a favorite among the pizzeria’s customers. The customers quickly became Johnnie’s encyclopedia and link to his heritage. They were ever so happy to share stories of the old country and nurture his pizza-tossing abilities.