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Alfredo della Scrofa: Feel like a VIP!
This restaurant is undisputedly the home (where it was born!) of Fettucini Alfredo, the world-famous pasta created by the very first owner of the restaurant, Alfredo. For 100 years, the tradition of this pasta has been passed from generation to generation and over the years the restaurant has gained more and more fame in the international limelight. The dish is famous for the kind of fetttucini used (that melts in your mouth!) and the technique in mixing the sauce (which is just soooooo original!) which has never been altered since it was first conceived.
Pictures, testimonials, and souvenirs of international VIPs -princes & princesses, kings & queens, head of states, (including Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos!), luminaries, local and international (hollywood) celebrities, local and international politicians- adorn the walls of the restaurant.
So, feel like a VIP when you dine in the place and brush elbows with some regular reknowned clients. This is what makes Alfredo alla Scrofa a must-visit and must-dine place in Rome at least once in your lifetime.
Never mind the bill as it is part of the glamour and experience...;-)
Favorite Dish: The undisputed Fettucini Alfredo made in the place where it was born!
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RISTORANTE ALFREDO ALLA VIA DELLA SCROFA: THE ORIGINAL FETTUCCINE ALFREDO
Looking for the original taste of "Fettuccine Alfredo"? It's right here in the old city centre and it's called, what else, "Alfredo". Started in the early 1900's by Alfredo and then the Alfredo sauce passed on to the Mozzetti family in 1943 and still owned by the third generation, Mario Mazzetti, who is taking the restaurant into modern times with the memory of the past.
You get the feel of old Hollywood and the pictures of the many celebrities with autographs and now with the updated Alfredo's Gallery of photos of people of every walk of life, from government heads to ordinary people, Mario is still creating excellence in the kitchen with many gourmet dishes to choose that will satisfy your palate. But, and the big but, is that you must try the "Fettuccine Alfredo".
Favorite Dish: The "Fettuccine Alfredo". You haven't had this dish until you try it at Alfredo's. Mama Mia, it is so rich that I almost didn't finish the portion and it is only the primo course. Great taste and most likely very fattening but you are in Roma and you will walk it off at the nearby Piazza Navona. Remember, a full meal is the antipasto (cold cuts, cheese, olives), primo ( usually a pasta dish), secondo (the main course, (meat, fish, or specialty), and if you have room, dessert. Ah Roma, where else can you eat to your heart's content and not gain weight.
Alfredo alla Scorfa: Beware Alfredo alla Scorfa in Rome
Me and my husband went to Alfredo's just by chance on a whim. We had, for the "primo", the "prosciutto e melone" (ham and canteloupe) and the "soute cozze" (mussels), which were ok, but not great considering the price (12€ and 15€). At this point, we were not that impressed with the great Alfredo. For the "secundi" we chose the "taglioni pesce spada" 15€ (taglioni with chunks of swordfish) and the grilled tuna 22€. I asked to have the tuna served rare, but, unfortunately for me, got two very well-done and dry pieces of fish covered in sesame seeds. As for the taglioni, the pasta was ok, but the fish was very dry. The tuna was not good at all. So far nothing special in a restaurant full of tourists., even though the place was kind of off the beaten path. We also had decent coffee and a more than decent grappa. The biggest surpise came at the end with the "conto" (check), when they charged us (no kidding!!) 6€ for the setting (i.e. table cloth, cutlery, etc...) and 15€!!! for the service. That was 21€ on top of our already pricey meal. I could not believe it! The athmosphere was not the best, we had to wave several times at the waiter and we didn't get anything on the house as is customary in other restaurants - particluar at the prices charged here. I think it was the biggest scam we experienced in Rome. BEWARE and be sure to ask before partaking of their very mediocre food. Shame on you ALFREDO!
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