In the settings section of Chrome, I do have the option of the fonts... they are normally preset, at least I believe they are. Somehow these set fonts got mixed up. I'm not even sure now if I'm making sense.
I use Chrome at work, too, and when I log onto E from there, there is no italics. I'll print a screen shot of the fonts there and when I get home later I'll implement them here and see how it goes.