I'm sure many of you will be upset by this. But what I'm going to tell you is actually the truth. The first time I came in the United States was for a period of 6 months as a researcher at UC Berkeley. I really love cooking, so the first thing I asked my new friends was: << Guys, tonight I'm going to cook Italian for you. What typical Italian dish would you like to try? >>. The answer I received was Fettuccine Alfredo. << What is fettuccine Alfredo?>> I replied. My friends were so shocked by my answer. They thought I didn't understand because at that time my English level was pretty basic. So they brought me in a Grocery store and they showed me what they were talking about. We don't have Fettuccine Alfredo in Italy. Sorry about that, guys! You might think, well, Italy is plenty of regions, maybe this is not common in your hometown. No, it's not that. Italian Food is the result of millenary traditions. All the dishes in this list are not Italian traditional. This means that if you go to any Italian restaurant (in Italy) asking for it, you will discover that we don't know what are you talking about. Curious? Here we go with the list.
Fettuccine Alfredo's story is very nice. However, if you actually go to Italy, you will find out that this is not a popular dish either in restaurants and among Italians. It was invented by Alfredo De Lelio for his wife. After she gave birth to their first son, she was weak, so Alfredo decided to make for her some fresh pasta with something energical like butter and Parmigiano. Alfredo's wife really liked it and suggested to his husband to insert it in their restaurant's menu. So he did. The reason why Fettuccine Alfredo became popular in the USA is that one day two American actors, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, tasted this dish during their honeymoon in Rome. They liked it, so they made him the gift of two gold tableware as a tribute to his friendly and warm welcome. Since then Fettuccine Alfredo became famous in the USA and only in the USA. In fact, in Italy, you can find it exclusively in Alfredo's restaurant or in other touristic restaurants that try to attract American tourists. So next time you will go to Rome you'd better try Cacio e Pepe or Carbonara.