Alfredo Sauce

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An Italian would have no idea what fettuccine Alfredo is. In Italy, this butter and parmesan sauce would be called “fettuccine burro (butter) e parmigiano” or “in bianco”. But if you’ve ever been guilty of ordering Chicken McNuggets at Wendy’s you know that foods can become branded. Alfredo Di Lelio renamed this plain butter sauce fettuccine Alfredo in his popular, tourist-laden restaurant in Rome. Visits from Hollywood stars destined his restaurant to be a go to spot for American tourists. And just like the regular old nugget can never lose the title ‘Mc’, regular old butter and parmesan sauce can’t lose the name Alfredo – at least in America. The Di Lelio family still owns a restaurant preserving the tradition of Alfredo sauce called Il Vero Alfredo in Rome.

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  1. HISTORY OF ALFREDO DI LELIO CREATOR IN 1908 OF “FETTUCCINE ALL’ALFREDO”, NOW SERVED BY HIS NEPHEW INES DI LELIO, AT THE RESTAURANT “IL VERO ALFREDO” IN ROME, PIAZZA AUGUSTO IMPERATORE 30

    With reference of 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” in 1908 in restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome, after leaving the restaurant of his mother Angelina.
    In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio 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 his nephew Ines, 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 site of “Il Vero Alfredo” http://www.ilveroalfredo.it, which also contains information on franchising.
    I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo” in Rome.
    I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    Best regards Ines Di Lelio

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