Fettuccine Alfredo: most Italians will make a wry face when you ask about Alfredo and his fettuccine. They will say 'there is no such thing in Italy' and that 'it was a made up junk food in the States'. And they will be wrong.
Alfredo di Lelio was as Italian as you can be when you are born, raised and living in Rome. Like many, he had his own restaurant, In 1908 his wife gave birth to their first child in the restaurant's kitchen. Alfredo then invented his famous fettuccine to give his wife calories to regain strength after delivery.
His wife suggested to start offering this plate to their guests, and the rest is history.
Now there are two restaurant carrying Alfredo's torch: Il vero Alfredo run by Alfredo III and his sister Ines, and Alfredo alla Scrofa which is in its original location, but that was sold to two waiters by Alfredo II in the 50's.
Both restaurants are still flourishing thanks to the myth of Alfredo I 'the original', offer cooking classes and are available for events. Both have Italian and English websites, so it is clear that most of their guests come from abroad. However, on Tripadvisor there are positive reviews of the famous fettuccine also by Italian guests.
[On a side note, any pasta "in bianco" has butter and parmesan only (just not as much as Alfredo put), which still remain my favorite sauce]
The full story as told by 'Il vero Alfredo': http://www.ilveroalfredo.it/en/history/
Reviews on Trip Advisor:
- for Il Vero Afredo (https://www.tripadvisor.it/Res…o_Alfredo-Rome_Lazio.html)
- for Alfredo alla Scrofa (https://www.tripadvisor.it/Res…la_Scrofa-Rome_Lazio.html)
You can find Franchises of Alfredo also in Chile, Mexico, and Brazil.