ABOVE: Augustino Scicchitano, left, watches a bocce game while Nick Eisanelli and Dominic Schinella, enjoy steak sandwiches during bocce league night at the Minturnese Social Club.


After rushing back on an express train from New York today, I arrived at Springdale station just in time for bocce night at the Minturnese Social Club. League nights started two weeks ago but I was out of town the first week and bocce was rained out last Wednesday.

Today, despite the day-long sporadic precipitation, we rolled.

2009 marks the inaugural year for team “i Advocati,” the newsroom’s bocce team and we are off to a poor start thus far, with a perfect 0-6 record. Apparently, years of experience on our opponent’s behalf is getting the better of our youthful exuberance.

Nevertheless, we had a hell of a good time, getting tips from the guys, drinking Peronis and eating steak sandwiches. Tony Cardillo and Tony Rizzi were manning the grill, serving up the sandwiches with your choice of sweet or hot peppers. The hot peppers, a Peruvian variety, come from Rizzi’s garden down the street and tip the Scovile scale more than enough for my palate.

I played bocce a little in college and it’s slowly coming back to me. Now, I just have to learn how to swear in Italian.

BELOW: Sam Laria rolls his way to a clean 3-0 sweep of the Advocate team.


Chris Preovolos