Nothing short of tour riches will distance him from his family, though. The Ferraro clan—Dave's parents, Jack and Lorraine; his brother, Steve, and his family; and his maternal grandmother—live in separate houses on a six-acre piece of property the family calls Ferraro Hill. A couple of times a week, the clan gathers to eat dinner at one of the houses, everyone waving their hands and talking at the same time. "My grandfather was one of 21 children," Ferraro says, "and there was a feud about something. My dad said he'll never let that happen to us. The basic theory is that a family that eats pasta together, sticks together."
Ferraro says his bowling career will never become a wedge in family unity. Still, he reluctantly boarded a plane to Reno on Sunday, heading for the next stop On the tour. "I sure wish I was going home," he said, wistfully.