The Best Husband Award goes to…
THE Mr. Alfredo di Lelio, the genius that created Fettuccine Alfredo.
So 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? And the reason Alfredo is getting the Best Husband Award? Well, it’s a quick and easy one that I didn’t know until this conversation with said co-worker.
“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; bet you she wasn’t obese either. Let me take that route when I’m pregnant…pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?