Last night at the Sons of Italy club we played a game called Tombola (Italian Bingo). It's different from regular Bingo in that you can only win horizontally from left to right, not top to bottom or diagonally.
If someone runs out of tokens to cover the numbers he can use the walnuts or almonds that are set out as a snack.
Another fun difference is that each number is associated with a meaning which is called out loud.
1 = Italy
13 = Saint Anthony
22 = The madman
21 = The naked woman
and so on.
It's played in 5 rounds:
1. Ambo: 1st person to cover 2 numbers in a row
2. Terno: 1st person to cover 3 numbers in a row
3. Quaderno: 1st person to cover 4 numbers in a row
4. Quinto: 1st person to cover 5 numbers in a row
5. Tombola: 1st person to cover all 15 numbers on the card
It's much easier than it sounds. There is an adult version and a children's version which has less racier meanings to call out.
I enjoyed it!