Pizza joints on every corner. Can that be part of America too? Last year we said goodbye to Cup it Up's unique brand of politically-charged fast food in a cup. The restaurant's original location was tucked into the Trader Joe's shopping center on Speedway and Wilmot. And now sitting in its place, we've got a concept that's a little easier to swall...

Months before this statement appeared in USA Today, Tucson Museum of Art docent Chuck Tampio had planned his Focus on Art talk on “Overlooked and Forgotten: Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance.” When he asked about 75 attendees at the Feb. 20 lecture how many could name a famous Italian woman artist, only one hand went up. At the end of the...

Salvo Coppa says he’s fortunate. He shows it, too. Coppa smiles as he helps run practice, grins when he huddles with the other coaches and practically beams when he talks about how his players are developing. Coppa is a rare breed in coaching. From the beginning, he’s always followed his heart. The approach is how Coppa ended up at the UA, servi...

Imagine taking a class trip to Italy without having to leave the classroom. Three Ph.D. students in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program made it possible with the help of virtual reality. Margherita Berti, Stefano Maranzana and Jake Monzingo hosted an event Tuesday, Nov. 28 that allowed undergraduate students enrolled in Italian 101...

Every four or five years almost since it was launched in Tucson in 1971, Arizona Opera has performed Puccini’s popular Italian melodrama “Tosca,” and Joseph Specter has an idea why: There’s just something about Puccini that is irresistible. “Puccini and this work are always such a powerful combination of engaging people in opera,” said the Arizona...

Philanthropist, arts advocate and retired journalist Lyn Tornabene died of natural causes at her Tucson home Sept. 25. She was 86. Tornabene had long been a supporter of the University of Arizona Libraries and the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television. The school’s black box theater, the Tornabene, is named in memory of her late daughter, Wend...

A European-based gelato festival is crossing the pond and making its debut in America with stops planned in Scottsdale and Tucson. Organizers of Gelato Festival America said the three-day food festival will make four stops in the western part of the United States and bring international and national gelato-makers together for people to taste Italy'...

Had Italian-born Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino not made his way through this area (then a part of New Spain) in the late 1600s, there's a good chance Tucson might not be what it is today. Kino established 24 missions throughout the Southwest, including San Xavier and San Cosme y Damián, which would later become the presidio for the city...

Michael Elefante is the third generation of his family to operate Mama Louisa's near Craycroft and 29th Street. "It started in 1956 with the Casadei family and then my family bought it in 1973," Elefante said. "My grandpa and his business partner was from Brooklyn and they were down here visiting looking for land back in the day and came across thi...

When you visit amazing cultural cities like Florence and Rome, there is a central theme displayed on almost every corner… real, authentic Italian gelato. Today, gelato shops have started popping up all across the United States but artisanal Italian gelato is still widely unknown in the U.S. compared to countries in Europe. Now, Gelato Festival is c...