About Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo is a dish native to Rome, yet many Italians may not even recognize the name. In Italy, the dish is typically called fettuccine al burro. The variation was created in Rome in 1914 when Alfredo di Lelio, owner of a Roman restaurant, tripled the original amount of butter in the sauce in order to invent something that his pregnant wife could stomach. Rumor has it that two  Hollywood stars, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, stopped there on their honeymoon. They then returned to the United States and made the dish for their friends. This is where it really took off, becoming a favorite in American eateries.

This is not to say the dish does not exist in Italy. It is called pasta al burro in the South, meaning pasta with butter, and pasta bianco in the North of Italy, meaning pasta in white. The Italian versions are usually not made with cream and may contain considerably less butter.

Check out our recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo and our wine pairings to compliment this dish.

Contributed by Kara Scannell.

4 Responses to About Fettuccine Alfredo

  1. paolo says:

    We are the grandchildren of Alfredo Di Lelio (Alfredo and Ines Di Lelio). The story is this. Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in Rome nel 1914, after leaving his first restaurant run by his mother Angelina Rose Square (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Deaf). In this local fame spread, first to Rome and then in the world of “fettuccine all’Alfredo”. In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio gave the local to Urban Ubaldo its waiters.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen his son Armando (Alfredo II) his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 “Il Vero Alfredo” (up to 1990 “L’Originale Alfredo”), which is now managed by his nephew Alfredo (grandfather of the same name), with the help of his sister Ines (the same name of his grandmother, wife of Alfredo Di Lelio, which were dedicated to the noodles).
    In conclusion, the local Piazza Augusto Imperatore is following the family tradition of Alfredo Di Lelio and his notes noodles (see also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo”)

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    • Edwin Garrubbo Edwin Garrubbo says:

      Thank you! We will make adjustments to the posts and hope to visit you. Let me know if you grew with the recipe. Grazie. Ed Garrubbo

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  2. Manuela says:

    How can someone take pasta al burro and say that he invent it?
    Ok if that is possible I invented pasta all’olio!
    I also invented Pasta aglio e olio. And just yesterday I invented a new Variation, pasta aglio olio e peperoncino!
    I think you can not invent what people do everyday. Can I invent hamburger and call it with my name?

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    • wow! you invented pasta aglio olio peperoncino??? just kidding; you are correct. he may not have invented it, but they did a great job selling it! and for that marketing job, they are famous. many restaurants specialize in one dish, and become famous for it… but point taken.. graze

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