Fettuccine Alfredo was created during the 1920s by restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio, at his restaurant in Rome, 'Alfredo all'Augusteo'. The original consisted of butter, cream, fresh ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Fettuccine Alfredo supposedly became famous in 1927 when Hollywood stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks dined at Di Lelio's restaurant for several nights while on their honeymoon. They spread the word when they returned to America.
I have been told that there are two ‘Alfredo’s’ restaurants in Rome connected to the original Alfredo’s. One is in the original building, and described in the email below. Another one is at a different location, run by descendants of the original Alfredo.
email from Feb 11, 2002
I have just read your history about the Fettuccine Alfredo and I need to explain you few things about them.
Who is mailing to you is the owner of Alfredo alla Scrofa Restaurant. This restaurant is the place where the Fettuccine Alfredo were created exactly as you said in 1920 by Alfredo di Lelio. But the place where Fettuccine Alfredo was created is where my grandfather in 1938 spent money to buy Alfredo alla Scrofa from Alfredo di Lelio.
Please don’t forget this important detail. I of course can send you more information or you could visit me in my restaurant.
Many Regards, Mario Mozzetti
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