February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. You don’t get the status as one of the most popular pasta dishes created without good reason. Fettuccine Alfredo is an Italian (obviously) pasta dish consisting of fresh fettuccine tossed with butter and Parmesan cheese. It’s simple yet delicious. It’s so tasty that it deserves a day all to itself. Whether you are dining out or doing a spot of home cooking, make sure that Fettuccine Alfredo is on the menu on February 7.
History of National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
The beginnings of this dish can be traced back as far as the 15th century, where there are records of Italian cook Martino da Como cooking pasta with butter and cheese which was known as “macaroni romaneschi” or Roman pasta.
The true inventor of fettuccine alfredo though is Alfredo Di Lelio. The Italian restaurateur was trying to entice his wife, Ines, to eat after giving birth to their first child Armando in 1908. He created a recipe that included a blend of noodles, cheese, and butter, and in turn, created a delicious creamy texture.
Fettuccine Alfredo became a go-to meal for his wife and because the dish turned out so good, Di Lelio added it to the menu in his mother’s restaurant, Piazza Rosa. The dish became a massive hit and Piazza Rosa became known as the birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo. In 1914, Alfredo Di Lelio opened up his own restaurant in Rome called “Alfredo” and later opened up another restaurant with his son in 1950. In 1977, he opened up a version of the restaurant in New York City, where it became a popular hit.
The dish first made its way to America in the 1920s. American travelers were returning home and reporting on it to such an extent that the dish and Alfredo’s restaurant featured in multiple magazines and guidebooks. The dish’s popularity has only grown since, with chains such as Olive Garden popularizing their own version. By 2005 the dish was so popular that it was given its own holiday and the first National Fettuccine Alfredo Day was celebrated.