Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo
Course Primo
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Lazio
Associated national cuisine United States
Creator Alfredo di Lelio I (1882-1959)
Main ingredients fettuccine, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, butter
Variations (in the US) broccoli, cream, parsley, garlic, chicken, shrimp
Cookbook: Fettuccine Alfredo  Media: Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish made from fettuccine tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter.[1] As the cheese melts, it emulsifies the liquids to form a smooth and rich coating on the pasta.[1] The term is a synonym for pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese (Italian: pasta al burro e parmigiano), one of the oldest and simplest ways to prepare pasta. The dish was named after Alfredo Di Lelio, a restaurateur who opened and operated restaurants in Rome, Italy, throughout the early to mid 20th century.[1][2]


Fettuccine with butter and Parmesan cheese was first mentioned in the 15th-century cookbook, Libro de arte coquinaria, written by Martino da Como, a northern Italian cook active in Rome.[3] The name of the dish, "Maccheroni romaneschi" (English: Maccheroni the Roman way), betrays its Roman origin. The dish soon became a staple food in Italy and abroad.[4]

Alfredo Di Lelio invented the “fettuccine al triplo burro”[1] (later named "fettuccine all'Alfredo" or "fettuccine Alfredo") in 1908 in a restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Piazza Rosa in Rome (the Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna/Sordi). Alfredo di Lelio later opened his own restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in a street in central Rome. From this local restaurant the fame of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” spread, first in Rome and then to other countries. In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio sold the restaurant to others outside his family. In 1950, with his son Armando, Alfredo Di Lelio reopened his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 "Il Vero Alfredo" (“Alfredo di Roma”), which is now managed by his niece Ines Di Lelio, along with the famous “gold cutlery”[1] donated in 1927 by the American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for Alfredo’s hospitality).

Fettuccine Alfredo has now become ubiquitous in Italian-style restaurants in the United States and internationally, although in Italy the dish, which is popular for its simplicity, is nowadays seldom called "Fettuccine Alfredo" but is usually called "Fettuccine al burro."[5][6]

Alfredo sauce[edit]

Alfredo sauce is often sold as a convenience food in many grocery stores in the United States. Unlike the original preparation, which is thickened only by cheese, the prepared food[7] and fast food[8] versions may be thickened with eggs and/or starch. Alfredo sauce may also include sour cream.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Carnacina (1975), p. 72-73
  2. ^ Downie, David (2011). Cooking the Roman Way. HarperCollins. p. 106. ISBN 9780062031099. 
  3. ^ de Rossi, Martino. Libro de Arte Coquinaria. pp. sub vocem. 
  4. ^ "The food timeline". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fettuccine Alfredo". Giallo Zafferano. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Bastianich, Lidia; John, Mariani. How Italian Food conquered the World (1st ed.). 
  7. ^ Newman's Own, "Alfredo Pasta Sauce" [1]
  8. ^ Papa Gino's, "Nutritional information and Allergens [2]


  • Carnacina, Luigi; Buonassisi, Vincenzo (1975). Roma in Cucina (in Italian). Milano: Giunti Martello. 

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