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...

We are pleased to invite you to our November Monthly Meeting when we will have a special tribute and presentation of the Hon. James J. Alfano Annual Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John DiCaro in recognition of his outstanding legal career and his support of the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County. Join us to celebrate John DiCaro and...

Monday October 14, 2019 | 7:00 PM | The Hiland Theater, 4800 Central Ave SE | Advance tickets $10 at www.holdmyticket.com $12 at the door. Albuquerque is the first stop on director/screenwriter/actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s tour of the Southwest, organized by the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles to commemorate the 500th year since Leon...

The Italian Studies program at Chapman University is greatly pleased to announce the recent establishment of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Endowment for Travel Courses in Italian Studies. The students’ ability to fully commit to their passions for learning Italian language and culture through travel courses is an essential step in their educ...

There is no chef Oliver at Oliver’s Osteria. It’s chef-owner Erik De Marchi who leads an all-out defense of faithful Italian fare at his tidy Laguna Canyon tavern. As for Oliver? He’s De Marchi’s first child, born on the restaurant’s opening day in October.  Wedged into an oddball retail center that has seen its share of restaurants come and go, Ol...

Keeping true to the commitment of exploring the multifaceted and precious significance of the history, culture and art of Italy across various fields of knowledge and application, this year’s Italian Perspective opened the lesser known yet truly unique and relevant window of the relationship between science and culture. The event was introduced by...

Gabriella Pinel, class of 2017, studied Italian at Chapman University while completing her B.F.A. in Television Broadcast Journalism. Motivated by her fruitful study abroad experience in Italy, she decided to move to Sicily after graduation to live in the small fishing village where her mother was born and raised. Recently she completed the short f...