Described as “a taste of old-fashioned America,” this old bowling alley is known as a different kind of historic institution. Candlepin blowing is a type of bowling played only in New England and Eastern Canada – said to have been invented in Massachusetts in 1881.
Open since 1939, Sacco’s Bowl Haven (45 Day St, Somerville MA) has long been a well-known staple in the Boston area. Although it has now been taken over by the Flatbread Pizza Company, it still has that old-time, nostalgic feel.
Yes, it now also has the advantage of including delicious, freshly made, all-natural, wood-fired, clay oven flatbread pizza. And pizza and bowling sure go well together!
There is some debate as to whether old-fashioned candlepin bowling is supposed to be harder or easier than regular bowling – but if you’re used to the more modern, bigger balls of ten-pin, this may prove a fun challenge.
Bowl here and see another side of New England, away from the crowds and the more commonly known historic areas.
Sacco’s hours are: Sunday 12pm–11:30 pm, Monday 9am–11:30pm, Tuesday 9am–12am, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am–12am, Friday and Saturday 10am–12am. Reservations for 8 people or more are $25 per lane, per hour.
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