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...

The Brier Hill Italian Festival will open its 28th year by honoring its founder. At the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, the boccie courts at the corner of Calvin and Victoria streets – where the festival takes place – will be dedicated to the late Dominic “Dee Dee” Modarelli, The courts are part of the ITAM Post 12 war veterans club’s memorial t...

Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy will host the annual Rocky Romano Bocce Tournament, open to all 2-person teams, on Aug. 10 in Hudson. The Rocky Romano Bocce Tournament promises some serious spinning and trash talk straight out of the old country. Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy is hosting the tourney, which begins with court ass...

Saturday, Aug. 10 | 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA. Parking lot underneath the Veterans Bridge Overpass. Free to the public. Come throw out the pallino and throw down for a worthy cause! Join us for a day of competitive bocce games, delicious Italian food courtesy of C...

The sport of bocce is alive and well at the Santa Maria Di Prata Club on Walnut Grove Avenue in Cranston. On a recent summer night, Team Giovanotti – which is made up of Johnston residents – tested its mettle again Team Azzuri Di Prata on the clay courts located behind the Italian-American Society in what players like David Slinko called “a friendl...

Every Thursday people from Ramapo and the surrounding areas gather at the Sal Builione Bocce Court located at Bon-Aire Park in the Village of Suffern. The loyal group of players will play multiple games of bocce ball, and enjoy many laughs. The court is named after Village of Airmont resident Salvatore Builione, who passed away in February of 2006...

WHAT: Rocky Romano Bocce Tournament - WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 10. Court assignments at 9 a.m.; event starts at 10 a.m. - WHERE: 27 Bridge St., Hudson DETAILS: Annual Rocky Romano Bocce Tournament features rolling and ricocheting bocce balls and plenty of trash-talking. For many Italian-Americans, bocce represents a reminder of days gone by and a way t...

The 46th World Series of Bocce gets rolling on Thursday, July 18 at the Toccolana Club, located at 1412 E. Dominick St., and organizers say this year’s event is sure to be a winner. The annual event will run through Sunday evening, as more than 150 teams vie for over $30,000 in prize money. The tournament is free and open to the public, and parking...

Today, we mourn the passing of Mario Massa. At 100 years old, Mario's legacy and impact on the game of bocce are palpable. A past President of the United States Bocce Federation and former President of the Highwood Bocce Club, Mario loved the game of Bocce and was dedicated to promoting the sport. He was instrumental in the emergence of the United...