McCambridge Park Rec Center

Best Bocce Courts, August 2012

Croquet is lovely, but we want a sport where cursing in Italian is mandatory. Buongiorno, bocce. We admire Playa Vista’s futuristic Central Park, which has two immaculate courts, but it closes at dusk. At Burbank’s McCambridge Park Rec Center, you can play Italy’s souped-up version of lawn bowling until the lights go out at 10 p.m. With oodles of trees and benches around the park’s two clay courts, the European reverie is broken only by a stray Spalding from the adjacent basketball courts. » 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, 818-238-5378.