A documentary project about the World Series of Bocce Documentary has been awarded a production grant from The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. This grant is on behalf of the National Italian American Foundation and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. For those that don't know, The Russo brothers directed the Captain America and A...

Nei piccoli paesi italiani la modernità arriva sempre in ritardo. La novità fa fatica ad insinuarsi tra le vecchie consuetudini e ad imporre le nuove tendenze. Nella memoria di chi scrive c’è un dopolavoro in un borgo di settecento abitanti, ci sono le urla dal cortile, intervallate da dei colpi sordi, degli scontri tra oggetti pesanti. Ci si affac...

As STL sports fans struggle with the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey, St. Louis Alderman Joe Vollmer has tossed another bombshell into the mix: For the first time in 30 years, the Milo's Bocce League will not be starting any time soon, if at all. "We'd postponed the (April) start awhile back, but now w...

Anger over the removal of several trees to make room for a new bocce ball court has prompted an Ohio mayor to announce he's slowing down the project for more study. The court in downtown Warren in northeastern Ohio is an important part of the city's annual Italian-American Heritage Festival, including money raised at the festival for scholarships,...

It was a picture perfect day Monday to begin the Monday afternoon bocce season at Mackle Park for the IAS with cool temperatures and bright sun. Members picked a number at random for the 4 player teams and played for almost two hours with lots of laughter and serious fun. Each week they will draw numbers to see who they are teamed up with and all m...

Pinstripes — an Italian-inspired bowling-bocce-bistro hybrid with locations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston and Cleveland — has arrived on the West Coast at last. The concept: Create a space with good food and a common activity to bring people together. The Pinstripes launch at San Mateo’s Hillsdale Mall last month has added some bustle at th...

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...