Best Husband Award

The Best Husband Award goes to…
THE Mr. Alfredo di Lelio, the genius that created Fettuccine Alfredo.

Alfredo-Di-LelioSo I’m sitting talking to a co-worker and we’re discussing travel and Europe. His favorite country is Italy, and apparently had eaten the best food in Rome. He told me a story about how when he went with his wife once to Rome, they stumbled upon this restaurant.

The waiter came over to ask what they’d like at which point they asked, “what kind of pasta do you suggest,” the waiter laughed at them.

What my dear co-worker and wife weren’t aware of was that they were sitting in “Alfredo” – like Alfredo di Lelio’s ALFREDO – where he created the pasta dish Fettuccine Alfredo in 1914.

The back story? The reason Alfredo is getting the Best Husband Award? Well it’s a quick and easy one I learned and had to share.

GettyImages_50522369“The restaurant’s story is that the dish was invented by di Lelio at his restaurant Alfredo in 1914 as a variation of fettuccine al burro. When butter was added both before and after fettuccine was put in the serving bowl, the butter was known as doppio burro (double butter).

Di Lelio’s “original contribution” was to double the amount of butter in the bowl before the fettuccine would be poured in (thus a triplo burro (triple butter) affect instead of double) which he started doing for his pregnant wife who was having difficulty keeping food down. Alfredo added the new dish to his restaurant’s menu when his wife began eating again.” (source)

I mean really? Can my future husband please please create a dish that will be worldly-famous for centuries? Until then, Alfredo owns the Best Husband award and god bless that wife of his who got to eat Fettuccine Alfredo every time she was hungry. Imagine…  pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Sounds divine to me.


  1. Alfredo e Ines Di Lelio

    We have the pleasure to inform you about the history of our grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio.
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in a local in the center of Rome in 1914, after leaving his first restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). In this local fame spread, first to Rome and then in the world of “fettuccine all’Alfredo”. In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio gave the local to his collaborators.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio reopened with his son Armando (Alfredo II) his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30, “Il Vero Alfredo”, which is now managed by his nephews Alfredo (same name of grandfather) and Ines (the same name of his grandmother, wife of Alfredo Di Lelio, who were dedicated to the noodles).
    In conclusion, the local Piazza Augusto Imperatore is following the family tradition of Alfredo Di Lelio and his notes noodles (see also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo”
    Our restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is present in the Register of “Historical shops of excellence” of Roma Capitale.
    We must clarify that other restaurants in Rome and in Italy do not belong to the family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo”.

    Best regards
    Alfredo e Ines Di Lelio

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