The Italian Program (Department of World Languages & Cultures) and the Coccia Institute were thrilled to collaborate with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in welcoming Professor Amedeo Arena (from the University of Naples “Federico II”) to campus! Americans may know of Benjamin Franklin’s friendship with Filippo Mazzei and the impact...

Thursday April 11, 2024  6:30 pm (in person). SBUS (School of Business) 101 - Montclair State University - 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ. Register here. The Triangle Fire Memorial in Manhattan is the first labor memorial and one of only a handful of memorials to women in New York City. It was inaugurated in October 2023 to commemorate the Triangle S...

In the launch of our new partnership with Serie A USA, the Coccia Institute and the School of Communication & Media at Montclair State University hosted a successful watch party featuring the Napoli vs. Juventus match on Sunday, March 3rd in the CELS building. This event gathered a remarkable crowd, with representatives from local Napoli and Juvent...

New restaurants pop up in Montclair all the time + new eateries are great for a dynamic food scene. But there’s also something special about Italian food spots with old-school vibes that make Montclair the vibrant city we all love. When a craving for a hot Italian sandwich, cannoli, or a classic butter cookie strikes, there are plenty of traditiona...

Reading their menu is the first temptation. When you think of pizza, you think of either red or white, but at Porta’s in Montclair you can have pizza named “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Rita & Mack,” “The Lost Daughter,” or “Love & Mercy,” all as unique as their names. Culinary Director Fredrica del Valle said “Lars and the Real Girl” was named after...

On the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Valley Road in Montclair sits an adorable cafe lined with beautiful pastries and sweet treats. But a cute Italian bakery wasn’t always so easy to find in Montclair. That is until Mattarello Bakery + Café opened its doors in 2020 at 254 Bellevue Avenue. Since its inception, the heart, soul, and passion poured int...

Montclair's Bivio Pizza Napoletana is reopening this weekend, with a promise from the new ownership to retain the same qualities that made it so popular in its original run. The Pine Street restaurant announced on Instagram Tuesday night that it will hold a soft opening from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The new owner, Davide, said he has be...

When I decided to try (once again) to learn Italian, a major goal of mine was to attend, and understand, Mass in the language of my heritage. I have attended the Italian Mass at St. Lucy’s Church several times over the years. I understand very little of it, however, it reaches me in a special way. From the beginning of the Great Migration, the Chur...

The team behind one of New Jersey’s most popular restaurants will be opening their second business in Montclair later this year as Fatto Con Amore is coming to a storefront along the town’s main street. Montclair Hospitality Group Partners have announced a new sandwich concept they are opening at 349 Bloomfield Avenue. The company, founded by Ani R...

The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America is thrilled to collaborate with Watchung Booksellers in presenting Kelsey James, author of The Woman in the Castello and Christina Lynch, author of Sally Brady’s Italian Adventure.  The Woman in the Castello: Rome, 1965: In this gothic thriller, aspiring actress Silvia Whitford arrives at R...