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Urban Legend: Fettuccine Alfredo

by | Jul 13, 2017 | News | 0 comments

There is no Italian tourist in the United States that has not found them, maybe displayed on the menu of a (pseudo)italian restaurant or even on the neighbour table’s pot.

Often uninviting nor dietetic, they don’t exist in Italy and represent an example of what Americans are convinced we usually eat.

But Fettuccine Alfredo was actually born in Rome: in spite of any Italian restaurant with pretensions to seriousness today dare to put them on the menu, they’are on a struggle for the birthright.

It was actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to bring them to the United States, but the question is where they tasted fettuccine for the very first time before taking them overseas and make them a must for Hollywood celebrities.

Many say they were a dish created by chef Alfredo Di Lelio, which boasted great success especially among American tourists, and that he designed in 1914.

But at least three others claim authorship too, including the restaurant “Vero Alfredo” in Rome, citing the couple Fairbanks-Pickford and adding that they gave Alfred the mythical “golden cutleries”.

Thans to Marco Gemelli

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