In a converted train station in north suburban Highwood, athletes from as far away as South America gathered Wednesday for what promises to be a fierce three days of competition. You could tell they were athletes because that’s what the tags said dangling from their necks — that, and the sleek warm-up suits with the names of their countries stitche...

San Mateo’s soon-to-open Pinstripes venue will offer a new spin, if you will, on entertainment and dining. It’s a place where you can roll a couple of games, then sit down to a fettuccine Bolognese or maple-glazed salmon dinner with wine or cocktails. For dessert, think gelato and bocce ball. This Chicago-born concept is coming to the West Coast fo...

Over the past 15 years the the Americans of Italian Heritage Council, which runs the annual Columbus Cup Golf and Bocce Feast at Bellewood Country Club near Pottstown, has focused on foods with “Old World” flair. A major part of their mission statement focuses on preserving Italian heritage. To Italians, that means food. Yes, there is plenty of Ita...

There is more to celebrating Italian traditions than to feast on pizza or pasta at home or at a restaurant, especially with the approach of Columbus Day each year. Columbus Day, a federal holiday, occurs in October during national Italian Heritage Month. So how can one best appreciate and celebrate things Italian this month and beyond, whether you...

Everyone has a favorite pizza place, but if you love the doughy, cheesy, sweet-sauced, charred-pepperoni pie that’s typical in the 716, one way or another, you can trace the pizza you love back to the Bocce Club on Hickory Street near Eagle in the 1940s. While pizza was already a popular dish in the Italian sections of Buffalo, especially on the We...

Monday, September 16th at 12 noon (Games start). The Castle on Versailles Road, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383. The Italian American Association of Louisville is looking for up to 5 members who want to be on a bocce team (one day only). There will be plenty of fun and food. This team will be playing in the Bob Valvano "V" Foundation celebrit...

This September, Tuscan Market in Salem, NH, will host its sixth annual Bocce Tournament. Open to 20 pre-registered teams of four players, the tournament – inclusive of a complimentary wine tasting – begins with a round robin on September 7 before the advancing teams face-off in the semi-finals and finals on September 8. Developed in Italy and made...

The 36th annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce took place at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club this weekend, featuring nearly three days of bocce, entertainment and more. Tournament play began Friday evening and was scheduled to culminate on Sunday in a women's championship at 4 p.m. and men's championship at 6 p.m. The top prize was listed at...

Say the word “bocce” and it evokes images of old-time Italians playing on courts in quaint towns of their native country as they test their mettle against the “pallina” – or the bocce ball. Perhaps the ultimate representation of Italian culture, it’s believed that in ancient Rome soldiers were the first to play bocce, inasmuch as the game provided...

Over one weekend near the end of summer each year, Wickliffe becomes the center of the Midwest's bocce community. More than 100 teams and upward of 12,000 spectators will descend on the city's Italian-American Club for the 36th annual Pat O'Brien Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce. The region's largest bocce tournament, containing more than $23,000 i...