A Look Into the History of Alfredo | An Italian Classic

When you think of Italian food, a few staples always come to mind. Whether it’s Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs, there’s no denying that Alfredo also tops the list. At Tammaro’s, we create classic dishes from scratch – from the best NH alfredo to delectable desserts. If you crave it, we satisfy! In honor of National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, we’re devoting this article to the classic Italian dish. Enjoy!


Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic Italian pasta dish that consists of fettuccine pasta tossed with butter and Parmesan cheese. 


The Origins

Fettuccine Alfredo originated in Rome, Italy, and is said to have been created by a chef named Alfredo di Lelio in the early 20th century. According to legend, di Lelio created the dish for his pregnant wife, who was struggling with morning sickness and had lost her appetite. He wanted to make her a simple and comforting dish she would enjoy eating.


Di Lelio’s original recipe called for just three ingredients: fettuccine, butter, and Parmesan cheese. The pasta was cooked al dente, then tossed with a generous amount of butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The cheese was heated until it melted, which formed a creamy sauce that coated the pasta. The dish was served while it was hot and creamy.


The Alfredo Movement

With rave reviews, Di Lelio first served the dish at his restaurant, Alfredo alla Scrofa, also located in Rome. The dish quickly became a favorite among his customers. And it wasn’t long before it became one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. In the 1920s, di Lelio and his wife opened a second restaurant in New York City and introduced Fettuccine Alfredo to American diners. The dish, again, quickly became popular in the United States. It’s now a staple on Italian restaurant menus all over the world.


Variety is the spice of life.

Over the years, many variations of the dish have been created. Some recipes call for adding cream or heavy cream, while others include garlic, shallots, and parsley. Some variations add protein, such as chicken, shrimp or bacon. No matter how you prefer your alfredo, this timeless dish is here to stay.


The Best NH Alfredo | Tammaro’s Cucina

Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic Italian dish with a vast history. Here at Tammaro’s we take pride in creating authentic family recipes to share with our customers. Whether you like your fettuccine alfredo plain or with protein, you can be confident that you will leave satisfied!

Visit Tammaro’s Cucina today to experience the best NH alfredo (and everything else Italian, too)!