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Today's National Day: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day is observed annually on February 7th.

Alfredo di Lelio, an Italian restaurateur, created Fettuccine Alfredo in 1908.After his wife had given birth to their first son that year, she did not have an appetite.To help encourage her to eat, he created a dish of noodles, cheese and butter.She liked the dish so much that she thought he should put it on the menu at his small restaurant in Rome.Everyone around the world has been enjoying this dish ever since.Today it is one of the most popular pasta dishes in America.


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We have learned the history of Fettuccine Alfredo. However, research has failed to find the creator of this day.

A special update from the Grandson of the founder of Fettuccine Alfredo

History of Alfredo Di Lelio, creator in 1908 of “Fettuccine All ‘Alfredo” (Fettuccine Alfredo), now served by his nephew Ines Di Lelio, at the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” – “Alfredo Di Roma” in Rome, Piazza Augusto Imperatore 30

With reference of your article (for which I thank you), 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”.(with news also about franchising). I celebrate every year (as this year) in my restaurant (founded by my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio) the USA Holiday of. fettuccine all’Alfredo (February 7). I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of “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

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