The word teglia means “roasting pan” in Italian. That’s the meaning behind the name of Teglia Pizza Bar, a new spot in Montclair serving rectangle-shaped pizza. They promise you’ll enjoy fresh, scratch Italian cooking and a crust that’s crisp and chewy, yet light in texture. The 500-square-foot Teglia Pizza Bar comes with a strong pedigree. Co-owne...

A new restaurant in Montclair is getting praise for its "simple, authentic" Italian cuisine. On Friday, the Montclair Center BID gave a social media shoutout to Palato Caffe & Cucina at 377 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more about this local business here. According to the Montclair Center BID, co-owners Massimo Apicella Owner (originally from Puglia, n...

Starting this fall, a section of Pine Street will likely be known as Aquilonia Way — in honor of the township’s continuing relationship with its sister city of Aquilonia, Italy. The Montclair Township Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance that would give the honorary name to a stretch of Pine Street between Claremont Avenue a...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, since its inception, built by Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, has been the bedrock of Montclair’s Fourth Ward, a predominantly Italian American and African American neighborhood. It’s been a community of Black and white families who shared the same struggles, dreams and goals. The feasts of St. Se...

Jon Snyder, owner of Il Laboratorio del Gelato, has been approached countless times about franchising his gelato and sorbet business based in the Lower East Side. Snyder, who deals mostly in wholesale, has always refused. Until now. Upper Montclair is now home to the first franchised Il Laboratorio del Gelato location in the United States, which of...

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2021 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award. Our donor...

Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 12pm ET. Free event, register here. Mark Rotella, director of the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, leads a discussion with Anna Celenza, professor of music at Georgetown University, and John Gennari, professor of English at the University of Vermont, on the impact and influence Italian Americans have had on...

Professor of Italian Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, was recently awarded the Italian national honor of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian Consulate. The president of the Italian Republic grants the distinction “to Italians abroad or foreigners...

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily: An online cooking lesson presented by Annalisa Pompeo. Introduction to the history of the Aztec chocolate in Modica by Pierpaolo Ruta. Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University). Closing remarks by Floriana Di Gesù (Università degli Studi di Palermo) When: Monday April 19, 2021   11:00am-12:30pm...

Nazi-Fascism, WWII, and the Allied Landing have been the subject of a large body of creative and research literature over the decades, yet a reading of this historical chapter through the lens of food offers a fresh perspective. Lizzie Collingham, author of The Taste of War, will address the themes of food provision and control as military strategi...