Fettuccine Alfredo has a funny creation story behind it. It was actually created by what I imagine to be a scared and desperate husband who was in desperate need to make his wife happy. In 1908, an Italian restauranteur Alfredo di Lelio was concerned about his wife Ines who wasn't eating and had no appetite due to issues with her pregnancy of her 1st son Armando. Happy wife, happy life right? At least that's what they say. Alfredo di Lelio had a good year that year, as their firsts born came into the world just fine on February 26, 1908, and his new restaurant menu item became very popular.
His recipe was simple and current-day recipes haven't changed much. Noodles, cheese, and butter are the main ingredients that helped create this popular dish. It can be customized by adding things such as shrimp, mushrooms, or spinach just to name a few. It also pairs great with white wine and it is great to finish up with a fruit dessert.
Alfredo di Lelio's grandson. Ines di Lelio, tries to make sure his grandfather's legacy of "Fettucine All 'Alfredo" as it was originally called is respected and even contacted the national food calendar website to provide the history in 2015. It is still served by family members in Rome, and if and when I get to Rome, visiting their restaurants is definitely top of my to-do-list. One restaurant is called II Vero Alfredo and is ran by his nephew Ines di' Lelio. Originator Alfredo di Lelio's restaurant was named Alfredo. His grandson celebrates every #NationalFettuccineAlfredoDay at his restaurant.
Alfredo di Lelio
3 oz wt butter 1 TBSP Garlic 2 TBSP All Purpose Flour 1 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup imported Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 cup imported Romano cheese, grated Salt and black pepper to tast