Bocce, beer, & bread: Competition & celebration of city’s rich Italian history

Families, friends, and co-workers are celebrating Pittsburgh’s rich Italian-American heritage with bocce, pasta, pizza, beer wine, live music, and good company, at the 8th annual Heinz History Center Bocce Tournament  Saturday afternoon.

John Barsotti, Owner of Common Plea Catering and a member of the Bocce Tournament Committee explains more about the competition and event.

The bocce tournament is a double elimination competition. Teams play to 6 points and are only eliminated after losing twice.

The winner gets $7,000 and a trophy!

Dr. Andrew Masich, President and CEO of Senator John Heinz History Center says “This is real bocce here!”

Live music schedule:

–> 12:30 p.m. – Faiella Duo

–> 2 p.m. – Pure Gold

–> 4 p.m. – Nied’s Hotel Band


The festivities are in the parking lot between The Heinz History Center and Hampton Inn Suites in the Strip District and it’s free and open to the public.

Any proceeds raised at Saturday’s event will go directly to the Italian-American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

In the eight years that the event has been going on, participants have raised over one million dollars.