Fettucine Alfredo Are Not Italian

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Fettuccine Alfredo…. all’italiana!

It is a bit irritating as an Italian to read about Italian stuff that is not Italian! I don’t mean to be rude but it is like when I hear things like Pizza with pineapple, chicken parmigiana and worse! Just read my ‘provocative’ article and, please, call the fettucini….. fettuccine!

The recipe is simple: cook fettuccini at least twenty minutes, literally drown them in cream and then add to taste mushrooms, garlic and Parmesan cheese …Anywhere in the United States you are offered this “Italian” dish that is not Italian! That is, in a nutshell, the most famous Italian dish in America, in Italy … does not exist! Or rather, it exists but the story is a little different! Let’s do a bit of clarity. The legend says that the dish was invented by some Di Lelio at his restaurant Alfredo in 1914 as a variation of fettuccine al burro (fettuccini with butter). He only added butter twice, before and after fettuccini were ready to be served, creating a soft creamy mixture.  The legend goes on with Di Lelio’s restaurant being visited by actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who fell in love with the fettuccine al burro on their honeymoon in 1927. They eventually gave him a golden fork and spoon along with a photo of them eating in his restaurant. … Eventually, Di Lelio sold the restaurant which still exists in the historical center of Rome and is known as Alfredo Alla Scrofa! By the way, fettuccine and not fettucini! For those who love Macaroni & Cheese – who does not in the USA? – if you want to impress your friends and are lucky enough to find fresh Ricotta Cheese do the following: cook the fettuccine al dente (at the bite); drain well and aff a mixture of butter, fresh Ricotta, pepper and, why not, Parmigiano (yes, this would be Parmisan Cheese!). The Ricotta cheese is a fresh, creamy and yummy type of cheese that is available only at some expensive food store on the East Coast or, at very high price, on the Internet. If you happen to travel to Italy, it is one of the most common comfort food available on the market. Please, don’t call it anything else than Fettuccine con la Ricotta. Buon appetito!

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