Usually, when you have a pizza delivered, you’re doing it for the quick convenience. You want that pie delivered in 30 minutes or less, have a quick exchange with the pizza guy, and start eating.
But when one family had a pizza delivered by a local teen, they never wanted him to leave. Because along with their order, he threw in a side of classical music.
On July 25, Paul Varchetti, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, was at home with his 10-year-old son Ryan. His wife, Julie, was out to dinner with a friend, so he decided to order a pizza.
He called up Hungry Howie’s Pizza in Sterling, and soon enough 18-year-old Bryce Dudal arrived with the order. Dudal has been making deliveries since October and loves the job, but as the world would soon discover, he also possessed an incredible gift.
Upon arriving at the Varchetti home, Dudal asked about the family’s baby grand piano in the foyer.
“I noticed the piano right here and said, ‘Oh wow, that’s a really nice piano,'” Dudal told Inside Edition. “And he was like, ‘You play?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I play. I’ve been playing for about 11 or 12 years now.'”
Paul invited the teen to play the piano. The Varchettis were no virtuosos: the baby grand had been a gift from friends and had gone mostly unplayed.
“[That] poor piano has never had anything but Mary Had a Little Lamb and Three Blind Mice played on it,” Julie Varchetti told WJBK.
But that all changed when the teen pizza driver hit the keys and left everyone stunned—performing a beautiful rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
Paul couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He filmed the teen’s performance and immediately sent it to his wife.
“We were just freaking out,” Julie told Inside Edition. “We just couldn’t believe it.”
Dudal didn’t make a big deal out of his performance, but was glad to have the opportunity to bring some music into strangers’ lives: “I just wanted someone to enjoy classical music and be inspired.”
A lifelong talent
Even more impressive, Dudal is mostly self-taught. He’s been playing most of his life, thanks to early exposure to classical music.
“My mom, when I was real young, she got me Beethoven CDs, and I used to sit there and listen to them all day,” he said. “The music just spoke to me.
“I don’t really know what made me fall in love with it,” he told Today. “I remember starting out playing on my Aunt Sue’s keyboard and we used to play together.”
But by the time he played for the Varchettis, Dudal’s music career had been put a bit to the side. He has been playing baseball, another talent of his, which earned him a scholarship as he heads to Macomb Community College.
“I wasn’t really taking lessons that much anymore. I kind of got a little bit bored with it,” Dudal told WXYZ.
That hasn’t stopped him from playing for love when the occasion arises: “It’s always a big stress reliever to be able to just bust out some Beethoven or Mozart,” he said.
A passion reignited
But now, he’s a viral star. The video of the impromptu performance has nearly a million views on Facebook. The attention to his skills might put him back towards his first love.
“It was kind of a big wake up call right here for me to get back into music,” he told WJBK.
According to Today, the video has earned him plenty of fans and even offers from local bands, reigniting an interest in studying music at school.
“I would definitely pursue music and study at a university,” Dudal told Today. “I would love to be a concert pianist.”
As for the Varchettis, they’re thrilled for their pizza boy and have met with him since posting the video. It was more than they could’ve ever expected, and Julie joked on Facebook that a rival pizza chain better “[bring] a symphony orchestra to top their big competitor.”
“I was so excited to finally meet Bryce after watching the video probably 20 times,” Julie told Today. “He is a very sweet, humble kid.”
“It’s one of those heartwarming stories,” Varchetti told WXYZ. “You can never judge a book by its cover.”