July 10, 2018 > Campo di Bocce - From Italy to Fremont
Campo di Bocce - From Italy to Fremont
Submitted By Bob Rauh
Tom Albanese and his friends enjoyed their Thursday night Los Gatos Bocce group. They rotated among homes where friends had built Bocce courts in their backyards. The rules were simple: bring food and wine to share and have fun. Eventually, Tom built his own Bocce court in his back yard. ?It?s such a social game; anyone and any age can play, enjoy friends, food, and wine?all around a fun game of Bocce,? says Tom.
Tom?s family originated in Italy, and when he took his wife and daughters on vacation to the small hilltop town of Campobasso, amidst the fine Italian cooking and local wines, Tom discovered the town?s Bocce courts at the local Bocciodromo (a large building with Bocce courts, a restaurant, a bar, and a children?s play area). As he watched families enjoying their time together, the idea for Campo di Bocce was born.
Upon his return home, Tom looked for a property that would house his idea. He also interested his Bocce friends in investing. A local lumberyard was for sale. The size and location were perfect for the design, which included eight Bocce courts, an Italian restaurant, and a bar. Campo di Bocce opened in 1997, its mission to show the Los Gatos community just what fun Bocce is.
Campo di Bocce soon became a popular destination for friends, families, and even corporate team-building events. Apple, Google, Adobe, and other Silicon Valley companies brought their employees to enjoy great food and foster camaraderie. Campo di Bocce?s influence became more than local: it paved the way for the popularization of Bocce on the West Coast, hosting numerous tournaments, among them the National Bocce Championships.
After 10 successful years in Los Gatos, Campo di Bocce expanded to include a new location in Livermore. Nestled in a rolling valley of vineyards, Campo di Bocce?s second location boasted a larger restaurant and eight Bocce courts?four inside and four outside beneath under vine-covered trellises. Every year it hosts the Madden-Mariucci charity Bocce tournament.
In 2016, Campo di Bocce built on its former successes by occupying the 44,000 sq. ft. former City Beach building in Fremont at Auto Mall Parkway and Fremont Boulevard where it stands as the premier Bocce/restaurant/meeting/convention facility on the West Coast. This newest Campo di Bocce facility has meeting and event spaces for groups from 12 to 1200 people, a 375-seat Italian restaurant, a full bar with craft beers and custom cocktails, a large, outdoor patio to seat up to 250 people, and 8 championship-level Bocce courts. The Campo di Bocce staff will gladly teach any beginner or group how to play the game.
Campo di Bocce
4020 Technology Pl., Fremont