Myth Busters! {and a giveaway}

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If you’ve been following this series, then you probably read the 10 Commandments of Italian Cooking post. {If not, then you can go read it and then come back. We can wait.} Well, in it was a little myth. An untruth.

In that post, number nine on the list of commandments stated that “Fettuccine Alfredo are popular only overseas.” It does mention that Alfredo di Lelio is the inventor of the dish. Imagine my surprise when I found a comment on that post by Ines di Lelio, Alfredo’s grandson! Oh my! In case you missed it, here it is below. I have omitted the Italian version that he included in the original comment.

Ines Di Lelio on October 17, 2016 at 3:33 am

With reference to your article I have the pleasure to tell you the history of my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “Fettuccine all’Alfredo” (“Fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1908 in the “trattoria” run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). This “trattoria” of Piazza Rosa has become the “birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.

More specifically, as is well known to many people who love the “fettuccine all’Alfredo”, this famous dish in the world was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio concerned about the lack of appetite of his wife Ines, who was pregnant with my father Armando (born February 26, 1908).

Alfredo di Lelio opened his restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome and in 1943, during the war, he sold the restaurant to others outside his family.

In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 “Il Vero Alfredo” (“Alfredo di Roma”), whose fame in the world has been strengthened by his nephew Alfredo and that now managed by me, with the famous “gold cutlery” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).

See also the website of “Il Vero Alfredo” .

I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong and are out of my brand “Il Vero Alfredo – Alfredo di Roma”.

I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo –Alfredo di Roma” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.

Best regards Ines Di Lelio

So there you go people! MYTH BUSTED! I had to do a little fact checking, of course, and this restaurant does indeed exist. I found it on Google Maps.

The website is legit. You can find it here. Here is a picture of Ines di Lelio that I grabbed from the website.

Ines di Lelio, the restauranter that owns The Vero Alfredo in Rome

I even found a video of how they make fettuccine all’Alfredo at the restaurant! In case you wanted to make them yourself…

Interestingly, they have franchise restaurants in other places around the world, but not the US. I find that strange because SOOOO many Americans love this dish. Since I am not fond of butter or melted cheese, it is not MY personal favorite, but next time I’m in Rome I’ll have to find this place. I checked out the menu and they have Bucatini all’Amatriciana for 15 Euro so I’ll order that. Michael can have the “the REAL Majestic Fettuccine all’Alfredo” for 19 Euro. What would you order? Would you go with the creamy, buttery pasta or the bacony tomatoy pasta?


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I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!