Solon Italian Club

Mission Statement

   "The purpose of this organization is to promote the heritage, culture and traditions of Italian-Americans through social, educational and recreational events.  The organization shall also advance the educational development of Italian-American youth by generating and distributing funds for collegiate scholarships."

The Clambake. October 27, 2021
Our October meeting will be the Clambake. It will be held on Wednesday, October 27th at the Grantwood Pavillion. After a short meeting be ready to enjoy a great meal. Guest are welcome to attend. You have to reserve a spot in advance so get your order in now.
The Menu(s)
  • 1 dozen clams, 1/2 Chicken, Clam Chowder, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw and Rolls and Butter. $25
  • 1 dozen clams, 1/4 Chicken, 1/2 Slab or Rib, Clam Chowder, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw and Rolls and Butter. $35
  • 1 dozen clams, 8 oz. Strip Steak, 1/4 Chicken, Clam Chowder, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw and Rolls and Butter. $35
You can order an extra dozen clams for $10

Get your tickets now by contacting Dom Lanteri at or call him at 216.990.1083

Bocce Season a Big Success

The playoffs were August 24th and they were exciting.  Badda Bocce defeated Team DiCarro to win Tuesday night and Italia 76 defeated Slo Your Role to win Thursday night. Badda Bocce won the Championship by defeating Italia 76.

Congratulations to Tom Smith, Chris Stallano, Bill Sobonya, Vince Indriolo on being the 2021 Bocce Champions!

Amanda Gambosi

Where Are They Now?

 We wondered how some of our past Scholarship winners were doing.  Today we will feature the daughter of Club Member Frank Gambosi.

Amanda Gambosi wants to thank the Solon Italian Club for their scholarship program. She was a scholarship winner in 2007, and went on to Bowling Green State University to obtain a degree in Nursing. Amanda has worked for the past 10 years with The Cleveland Clinic, mostly in trauma in the Emergency Department, where she won a tier 1 award called the Shield Award in 2018. Amanda recently moved to MetroHealth and now works as a level 1 trauma nurse in the Emergency Department. In her spare time, she loves to travel as often as she can, visits with family, and loves playing golf. She resides on west side of Cleveland. 

Meet Our Members

     Meet Club member Ray Tartabini.  Ray first joined the Club in 1976! He has been an active member ever since.  At different times he has served as President of the Solon Italian Club Foundation, a Trustee, chaired the Stag Raffle in the mid-90’s, co-chaired the bocce league, helped with the restoration of the bocce courts and co-chaired the Golf Outing. A truly important Club member. Ray says, “I’ve especially enjoyed Club events like the Golf Outing, the Dinner Dance and the Clambake. I enjoy sharing our Italian heritage with the members of the Club. It is a welcoming and friendly group of people. I have made many great friends over the years.”

     Both of Ray’s parents came to the US from the Marche region in Italy in 1920. They lived in the 112th and Woodland area. Ray has been married to his wife Janet for 55 years. They have 3 children. Paul is an aerospace engineer at NASA. Steve is Vice President at Geotech Services Inc. Dan is Sales Manager with MI Homes. Ray says, “My sons are all married and have given us seven remarkable grandchildren.”

Welcome New Officers and Trustees

At the July General Meeting the Club proudly welcomed Brett Neff as our new President Sam Merolla as Vice President and two new trustees, Mark Bertolone and Dominic Lanteri.
President, Brett Neff. Brett has been an important Club member since he joined us. He has run the Solon Italian Club Foundation's biggest fundraiser, the Golf Outing, for a couple of years. He has already shown great leadership in these unusual times. We look forward to his leadership for the next three years.

Vice President, Sam Merolla. Sam attends almost every event and is the unofficial club photographer. He runs the Club's Facebook page and recently served as a Trustee.  Sam is committed to improving communications among Club members.

Trustee, Mark Bertolone. A member since 2000 he runs the Stag Raffle and is the unquestioned best ticket seller in the Club.

Trustee, Dominic Lanteri. A member of the Sunshine Committee Dominic heads the Clambake Committee.
Congratulations to all the winners. We're sure they'll do a great job!  The Club would also like to thank Past President, Mike Rhea for his efforts and leadership during his term.  Thanks also to Past Vice President Joe DiNardo for his efforts.  We appreciate the great job they did leading the Club.

Badda Bocce. 2021 Champions
Winners of the Man of the Year Award. Photo by Michael Steinberg
The D'Orazio all cleaned up.
The Boys with Grandma Rosie
Hey where's Donny
Great turnout of people readyto go.
The kitchen crew does have fun.
Buon Compleanno!

Best wishes to the following members who celebrate birthdays in the month of October:

10/4       Mario Iacano
10/5       Peter Machi 
10/5       Mike Ruggieri
10/6       Joe DiNardo 
10/8       Dennis Castiglione 
10/17     Charles Indriolo 
10/19     David Lunardi  
10/20     Patrick Erney 
10/21     Christopher Donatelli
10/21     Ray Tartabini 
10/22     Irv Aplis 
10/24     John Barto 
10/25     Frank Riolo 
10/26     Rich Alaimo 
10/28     Dominic Lanteri 
10/28     Tony Rinicella

Upcoming Events:
We hope to see you all soon!
If you haven't paid yet please don't forget to bring your membership dues of $75 to next week's meeting. If you can't make the meeting just drop a check in the mail.  You can send your check, made out for $75 to the Solon Italian Club, to:
Solon Italian Club  
PO Box 39602
Solon, Ohio 44139

Club Officers:
President:           Brett Neff

Vice President:    Sam Merolla

Treasurer:           Tom DiCarro

Secretary:           Dave Cosentino