Italy can boast more great artists than you can point a paint brush at: Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bellini and Modigliani, to name a few. Then there’s Tramontin, Ronaldo and Dei Rossi. Who? The unique works of these three (and a few others) may be as synonymous with Italy as the Vatican, for they are among the remaining families of artisans who craft...

Food Science and Italian Studies represented by Anuradha Prakash and Federico Pacchioni, respectively, joined efforts this summer to launch a new Chapman travel course to Italy.  In exploring the food system from farm to fork, students witnessed directly the making of world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, acco...

A beloved family-owned deli in Orange County closed Thursday night after 50 years in business. One by one, customers stopped by the Big 3 Deli in Newburgh just as they've done for decades. This time, however, it was to say their final goodbyes. "People are sad. I know. It's an end of an era," said owner Cindy Gironda-Post. That era began with Giron...

This fall, Chapman Italian Studies students combined their linguistic training with a transcultural investigation in a wide range of disciplinary contexts: Italian immigration to North America, Anglo-American expatriate experiences in Italy, the history and future of tourism on the peninsula, and Italian language as the embodiment and expression of...

Nothing says summer like feasting al fresco, so if you’re looking for a new place to dine, Alza Italian Kitchen has recently opened in South County. “Alza means to raise or uplift and that is exactly what we have set out to provide with a warm and inviting, yet lively, neighborhood restaurant,” said co-owner Jenna McIlvene of the family-owned and o...

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. PDT - What: Musco Center for the Arts, WIlkinson College, and the Italian Studies Program Present: Food and Culture: An Italian Perspective [Virtual Event] - Reserve now Today, at least in the more prosperous countries where variety is available to the masses, the label ‘Italian food’ is a means of marking o...

The Central Orange County Italian-American Association has been quietly doing good works for decades. And last Christmas was no exception. On Dec. 18, members of the association, comprised of individuals of Italian-American heritage, met at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Co. in Goshen to turn over dozens of toys they had purchased to veterans Pete and L...

Orange County is packed with Italian restaurants, and I’m not talking about the seemingly endless supply of pizza joints or faux Italian such as Olive Garden, whose products are usually as far from authentic as you can get. Newport Beach has a handful of quality Italian bistros, including three of my favorites: Il Barone, Sapori and Andrea at Pelic...

On a crisp August morning, Antonio Cagnolo stepped onto a 48-foot Mussel Ridge fishing boat based in Huntington Harbour. The longtime Orange County restaurateur was getting back to his roots. In his native Italy, Cagnolo’s father was a butcher, farmer and fisherman. The two used to catch bounty from the Mediterranean. Now, many decades later and fl...

Organized by the Italian Studies Program at Chapman University, the Food and Culture event will be the Þfth in the annual Italian Perspective Series. Scheduled for April 4, 2020, 10 am -2 pm, the event will take place at the state-of-the-art theater hall The Musco Center of the Arts. The event will include a series of TED Talk-style presentations...