Will Crutchfield’s Teatro Nuovo will make its New Jersey debut this month, giving statewide audiences the opportunity to experience, in their own backyard, the performance ensemble’s unique bel canto style through historically informed performances. Two semi-staged operas — Gaetano Donizetti’s lyric tragedy “Poliuto” and Federico and Luigi Ricci’s...

Fascino, the award-winning, 20-year-old, beloved Italian restaurant in Montclair owned by acclaimed chef Ryan DePersio, is no more. DePersio sold it to general manager Mary Cumella, who renamed the restaurant Gioia Mia. The new chef is Logan Ramirez, who was Fascino's chef de cuisine. Ramirez did stints at Gramercy Tavern in New York City as well a...

Luigino Tripoldi and his new Montclair restaurant, Luigino’s Parmigiana, are the real deal.  Cynics need look no further than the black and white mural of family photos lining the back wall of the restaurant, which opened Wednesday on Glenridge Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Salute. (A few doors away is another newcomer, Maddox and Musuko...

If you're thinking, "Does really need another Italian restaurant," from what we hear about this one, the answer is "absolutely". It opens on Wednesday, April 5 on Glenridge Ave in Montclair in the spot that was the location of Salute Brick Oven Bistro until last year. Introducing Luigino's Parmigiano, the creation of Chef Luigi Tripodi, a veteran o...

With a heavy heart, the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America and the Montclair State University community mourn the passing of Mrs. Elda M. Coccia.  Along with her husband, Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., Elda co-founded the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at Montclair State University, which advanc...

Chef Robbie Felice is set to open a high-end Italian sandwich shop in Montclair, right next door to Pasta Ramen, his two-month-old Wafu-Italian spot. Fatto con Amore, which means "made with love" in Italian, is scheduled to open in late June, early July. Felice plans to offer sandwiches made with imported high-end Italian meats and artisan cheeses...

Students at Montclair State University have been creating a documentary television series focused on Italian American cuisine, airing on the school's new streaming service, Hawk+. The first episode of "Red Sauce: An Italian American Culinary Journey," premiered in October last year with two more episodes set to be released this spring.  Mark Rotell...

Barbara Morini grew up in a small town in northern Italy, then lived for years in Rome and Milan. So when she emigrated here in 2016, she found Jersey Italian food to be quite…well, foreign. Case in point: spaghetti and meatballs. Whoever heard of such a thing? And when people started asking her about the Feast of the Seven Fishes, traditionally se...

Tuesday February 7, 2023 - 7:00pm. Join the Coccia Institute in watching the livestream of the 2023 Sanremo Music Festival! Italy's most famous and highly anticipated annual music festival launched the careers of such successful artists as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Il Volo, and Måneskin. Come watch this year's lineup and enjoy some pizza!  Spo...

You no longer have to choose between Italian or ramen. pastaRAMEN, a pop-up dining experience at secret locations in Montclair, New York, Miami and Los Angeles,  is now making its permanent home in Montclair. This first-ever Italian ramen shop brings Japanese and Italian cuisine under one roof in a style called “Wafu-Italian,” which directly transl...