Tombola at Luzzo’s BK, feel Italian and celebrate the Holiday Season with us!
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11TH AT LUZZO’S BK
145 Atlantic Ave. (Bet Henry and Clinton, Brooklyn) From 7Pm
NEAPOLITAN PRE FIX MENU $25
- Zuppa di Lenticchie or Zuppa di Scarola (Lentil Soup or Escarole Soup)
- Assortimento di Pizze (Variety of Pizzas)
- A’ Frusta Salsiccia e Friarelli (Pizza Roll with Sausage and Broccoli)
- Insalata Mista (Mix Green Salad)
- Zeppole (Deep Fried Dough Dessert)
- Choice of 1 Birra Moretti or Glass Organic Falanghina or Aglianico from Cantina Nifo Sarrapochiello
Live Neapolitan Music by ALESSANDRA PARROTTA
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What is Tombola?
Tombola is a board game which originates in Southern Italy and which is mostly played in Christmas time. Prizes are often only symbolic. With the Italian massive emigration of the 19th and 20th centuries, the game was exported abroad and it took different forms and names such as Bingo. In Italy Tombola is a way to get family members together during the winter holidays.
To play the game you must buy as many of the tombola boards as you want to. In my (Italian) family the price is 1 euro per board and the money is placed in a prize pool. It’s not mandatory to play for money, but the Italians think it’s more fun. A person (croupier) draw and call all the numbers. This person has a board with all the numbers from 1-90 in front of him and a container which he draws the numbers from. Unlike bingo (I think) you get a prize when you have two, three, four and five numbers in a row. For the tombola, however, you have to cover the whole board to win.
Since these boards are used over and over again, one cannot use a pen to cross out the numbers, so here in Italy we use dried beans, chick peas, or dried pasta to put on top of the right number. This means you need to be careful because if the “markers” move away from the right numbers you can miss out on a prize.
Of course, what happens is that some of the players cough, sneeze or “accidently” kick the table so that the pasta and the boards are flying in all directions and all the numbers have to be called again. And the players spend the next 10 minutes or so shouting Has number 25 been called? What about 89? And then they carry on playing for a while until the next “accidental” kick.
In Naples (where the game originated in 1734) they’ve put an extra “touch” to the game. It’s called “la smorfia”, which means they add a symbol to the numbers. So number 4 is paired with ‘O puorco which in Italian means il maiale (pig). Number 25 = Natale (Christmas) and number 1 = Italia.