Many times I tried to convince my American friends that here in Italy it's impossibile to eat the Fettuccine Alfredo. No way. Alfredo was so good in spreading his dish that now nothing can convince the Italian food lovers that here we don't have it.
But, cross on my heart, it's true. Unless you go to Alfredo's Restaurant. So, which is the truth?
Truth is, Alfredo was the owner of the Restaurant "Alfredo alla scrofa" in Rome. One day he simply prepared for his pregnant wife a Pasta al Burro (pasta with butter) because she couldn't hold almost nothing down in her stomach. But he was so lucky that the day he served this dish to his customers, adding some Parmesan, there were two special guests in his restaurant. Douglas Fairbanks e Mary Pickford who fell in love with this dish and once coming back to Hollywood spoke so much about his dish that all the actors passing from Rome started to go to Alfredo's Restaurant.
So is it Italian? Yes. But it's not Fettuccine Alfredo. It's PASTA AL BURRO, which is the most simple dish we prepare, usually when we are too tired to cook and want some fast pasta. To make it clear, if I say somebody "Today I had pasta al burro", that person would look at me thinking, poor baby...The Parmisan? We always add it on the pasta...
This is the reason why you won't find this dish in an Italian Restaurant unless you go to Alfredo's in Rome: simply because no one would ever pay for it! But you can still find the Restaurant even if the good Alfredo sold it many years ago...the new owners still prepare that dish.
I know...after the news that Santa Claus doesn't exist, this is the worst news ever...
The Alfredo Sauce? I'm sorry, but it's 100% American. No cream here, no garlic and no parsley.
It seems that not all Italian names mean Italian food...
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