The phrase “Fall Classic” has only one real meaning for Maldonians in October of 2017 — “you are correct sir,” I’m talking about the Italian American Citizen’s Club Annual Bocce Championship Series Finals. This year it took Pete “Boss Of The Bocce Court” Robinson and his band of merry men five games to put this barn burner of a series to sleep for...

If you’ve ever taken a drive in Belleville’s Branch Brook Park, around the cherry blossom trees, there’s a chance you’ve passed by the park’s bocce courts. And if that trip took place any day of the week between 2:30 p.m. and as late as 9 p.m. some days, chances are you’ve seen an diverse group of guys gathered at the courts, playing the game they...

“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which rolled off his tongue with a twang. The energetic, silver-haired 70-year-old was speaking the dialect of Cornale, his native village in southern Lombardy, a...

Mario Pagnoni of Methuen, who has done it all in the world of bocce, will be honored Friday with the U.S. Bocce Federation Wall of Fame celebration at the Methuen Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St. Pagnoni, a unanimous Hall of Fame inductee, is the author of “Joy of Bocce” and has brought numerous tourneys and leagues to the Merrimack Valley.  There...

The smell of spaghetti and meatball sandwiches wafted through South City Park as Paesano Days was celebrated Friday and Saturday at South City Park.  This was the second year the Sons of Italy festival was held at the park ever since a bocce ball court was built there in 2016. Aside from other fare food such as Italian sausage sandwiches, pasta bow...

Birra Moretti, Italy’s classic beer made in the traditional way since 1859, is teaming up with Bocce, the country’s beloved pastime, to encourage LDA+ consumers to come together and enjoy these two great Italian classics with friends, family and fellow patrons at their favorite local bar, at home or at other outdoor social gatherings this fall. “Bo...

As summer fades, it becomes time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the traditional Patchogue Italian Feast of Saint Liberata. (The namesake of the festival is the patron saint of the village of Pizzone, Italy.) This year’s event will be hosted along Main Street in Patchogue Village on Saturday, Sept. 16, with a rain date of Saturday, Sept. 23. P...

You may have never heard of it. But this weekend, the Wickliffe Italian-American Club is hosting 12,000-15,000 people at the self-proclaimed largest bocce tournament in the Midwest. The tournament - officially called the Pat O'Brien Chevrolet Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce - has been running for 34 years. This year is its biggest year yet, with 1...

The Italian American Bocce Club has returned from summer vacation!!! We will be holding Open Bocce Nights from 7pm - 10pm on Wednesday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 30th. As always, it is just $5 to play all night and we welcome all ages and skill levels. We will have cold beverages available for a suggested donation as well, so come on by! W...

The Senator John Heinz History Center's Eighth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival is from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 12., under the Veteran's Bridge overpass, adjacent to the History Center at 13th and Smallman streets in the Strip District. Bocce is a bowling sport of precision and accuracy and was popularized in Pittsburgh by Italian immigrants who sett...