Hey, mambo! World pizza-tossing champion Tony Gemignani
rocked the dough in his self-described "truly Italian" fashion at Sunday's North Beach Festival
. Beer-swilling fans called out, danced, and jumped up and down as Gemignani performed
. His crowd-pleasing tricks? Twirling dough into a shade-providing disc, pinching it into ever-growing size while in midair, then rolling it across his shoulders. The grand finale: catching the dough on his back. A Food Network and pizza pro, Gemignani owns Pyzano's Pizzeria
in Castro Valley, an International Pizza School
, plus a restaurant he swears
is opening in North Beach in two weeks
. For Gemignani, being a certified master from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli seems to equal a lot of (tasty) dough. More evidence of Gemignani's chops after the jump.