Join us Sunday, December 4th at 2pm at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street in Montclair) as we celebrate the launch of Rossella Rago's newest book Cooking with Nonna: Sunday Dinners with La Famiglia, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with the author herself, book signing, and FREE food tasting from da Pepo in Montclair. RSVP Here. Host of...

On Sunday, December 4, The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, at Montclair University will present Rossella Rago’s new book, “Cooking with Nonna: Sunday Dinners with La Famiglia!”, in collaboration with Watchung Booksellers. The book launch, which will take place at 2 pm, will be followed by a Q&A session with the author hersel...

They’re some of Essex County’s “finest residents of Italian descent,” and according to officials, they deserve a huge round of applause for making the region a better place to live. Last week, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners held its annual Italian Heritage Month Event. The award ceremony is held to “celebrate the accomplishments of...

The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America wishes you all a happy Italian Heritage Month! We invite you to celebrate with us this month in attending the world premiere of “Red Sauce: An Italian American Culinary Journey”. The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America is thrilled to announce the premiere of Red Sauce: An...

Mass was held at at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montclair last weekend. The priest offered Communion and the congregation recited the Lord’s Prayer, as they have for generations at the towering brick church. But a regular Mass was not always guaranteed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Six years ago, the Archdiocese of Newark combined the histori...

It can take years for people to find their own career path, or maybe even lifetimes, but Chef Joe Tartamella found his passion as a child. “All the kids were playing baseball with their dads, and we were connecting through food,” Tartamella says of his father. “That’s where my passion comes from.” Tartamella’s father was born in Sicily, and his par...

Wednesday, April 27 1 to 3 pm ET. Italian Hand Gestures: The Art of Nonverbal Communication with Luca Vullo. Sponsored by The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Feliciano School of Business Room 140. 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Please join the Coccia Institute as Luca Vullo, notable film & theater performer, and director ch...

Wednesday April 20, 7:00pm. School of Communication & Media Presentation Hall, Montclair State University. 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This event is FREE and open to all students and the community. RSVP here. Please join the Coccia Institute for the premiere on-campus screening of Potentially Dangerous: When it Was a Crime to be Italian, direct...

If you’re a fellow New Jerseyan, you might have a story about local legend Yogi Berra. While we’ve been without him these past few years, his legacy continues to live on at the dynamic and intimate Yogi Berra Museum, located on the grounds of Montclair State University. Read on to learn more about this special spot, and plan your next visit. Lawren...

On Nov. 27, for the first time in two years, the pews at Montclair's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church were packed, and voices joined in prayer and song. "It was such an important occasion, and so beautiful," said Marielena Marzullo, a longtime parishioner who grew up on Pine Street two doors down from the church, and attended its grammar school, now...