The Cerullo family lived in Sonny's neighborhood when he was growing up in Bensonhurst. Gloria and Carmine had a brood that included Francine, Chuck, Mark, Louie, and Lois. Sonny was best friends with Louie and he spent a lot of his childhood over at the Cerullo house. Gloria had a special place in her heart for Sonny and always felt he was a good boy. She is one of the few people that continue to call him Michael. When Lois arrived in Port Charles, her and Sonny reminisced about all of the good times they had when they were growing up. Lois told Brenda that Sonny was known as "The bad boy of Bensonhurst."