Danny was born into a lower-middle class household in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the third child among three other brothers. His father, Geno, worked long hours at the steel mills for little pay. Geno insisted Danny's mother, Francesca, stay home to raise the children. A typical evening in the Giovanni consisted of Geno coming home late from work, often working overtime and hitting the local bar afterwards. Consequentially, Geno would come home drunk and angry most nights, taking out his stress and frustration on the rest of the family. He would physically abuse Francesca and the brothers on a regular basis. The oldest brother, Michael was typically spared their father's wrath after a night at the bar, as he was the favorite child. Michael made no attempt to stand up for the other brothers, except for Alfie, the second oldest brother and Michael's best friend. This left Danny to take up that responsibility. Danny usually tried to stick up for Louie, the youngest of the brothers, when Geno made his rounds late at night. As a result, it was rare for Danny to get through a week without a busted lip, black eye, or cigarette burn.
When Danny was fifteen years old, his oldest brother Michael moved out. This is about the same time that Danny found his interest in automobiles, especially classic muscle cars. The auto shop down the street, "Terry's Auto and Body", was offering a job to anyone willing. It didn't pay well, but any money was good money to a fifteen year old desperate for cash, and Danny was exactly that. Before he had a "job", Danny would steal sodas and cigarettes from the local gas station. Once they caught on, he had to buy them from his cigarettes from his buddy, Enrique. Enrique was about seven years older than Danny, and sold Danny cigarettes and alcohol for an inflated price. To be able to keep buying cigarettes and alcohol from Enrique, he would need a source of income. Danny was only fifteen, so he could not legally work at the body shop, so Terry had to pay him under the table, and what he did pay was not much. Almost every cent he made went into cigarettes and booze. The body shop was owned by Terry Donovan, a stocky Italian man who hardly knew how to speak English. He spoke in a mixture of Italian and English which Danny was able to pick up on. Terry specialized in fixing up vintage cars from the 1960's and 1970's, which is where Danny's passion for muscle cars was born. Terry taught Danny the basics vehicle utility. Danny learned thing such as how to change oil, change a tire, jump start a car, siphon gas, and so on.
A few weeks after he turned eighteen, Danny stopped seeing Enrique around town, he just disappeared without notice. Danny kept working at the body shop throughout the rest of high school, earning a few raises as he got older. About a week after he graduated, Terry came to Danny, saying he received a letter from Chernarus addressed to Danny. It was from Enrique, telling Danny that he needed someone he could trust to help him move some guns across the country to sell on the black market. He promised that it would pay good money, and that meant very good money by Danny's standards . Danny, ignorant and desperate for cash, figured it would be a piece of cake and took Enrique up on his offer. Later that day, Danny stole $500 dollars from under his father's mattress and bought a plane ticket to Chernarus to meet up with Enrique. Enrique met Danny at the airport in Miroslav, and drove him to the warehouse in Chernogorsk where the weapons were being kept before they were ready to be moved. The weapons they would be moving included automatic weapons, handguns, shotguns, plastic explosives, and everything in between. Just a few days before the weapons were set to be moved, all hell broke loose.