1. A Greek pizza maker in Massachusetts could face deportation after a federal judge decided he didn’t have showman-level pizza dough tossing skills, the Boston Herald reported.
2. The owners of the pizzeria requested a visa for Spirou, saying he had the ability to “exercise showmanship in the preparation of food, such as tossing pizza dough in the air to lighten texture.”
They later admitted that the 20-year pizza veteran doesn’t actually toss the dough.
3. When Spirou admitted he couldn’t toss dough like a pro, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denied the visa petition.
Though the pizzeria owners appealed, the federal judge sided with the immigration agency.
4. “Basically, immigration said, ‘This guy can’t throw pizza, so we’re denying him the visa,’” Desmond Fitzgerald, the attorney for Copeland Pizza, told the Herald.
“The court said our description really didn’t show any showmanship in any way, so they upheld the decision of immigration. I’m very surprised. I thought we were in a good position.”