February 7, 2012

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

"Fettuccine alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults." - Mitch Hedberg

It's National Fettuccine Alfredo Day!

Sponsored byBarilla

I knew that my non-Italian mom was fascinated with the country of Italy, the culture, and even the language. But I had no idea that she had also been actively studying Italian cuisine.

So when I mentioned that Barilla pasta had kindly sent me some of their product, she jumped out of her seat, ran to the kitchen cupboards, and pulled out multiple boxes of Barilla products. "It's all we use! We love it!" She exclaimed as I sat there dumbfounded, "Really? I didn't know that. Why do you love it so much?"

"Because it holds up well. And it's the most authentic pasta out there."

Barilla was founded in 1877 in Parma, Italy by Pietro Barilla. To this day it remains a family-owned operation, despite the fact that it's the world's leading pasta maker with 40-45% of the Italian market and 25% of the US market. Their company values are simple: "a love of life, a devotion to quality, and respect for tradition." And believe it or not: you can taste that in the pasta. It IS as authentic as I've ever had from a store-bought pasta.

They believe that "the table is much more than a place to eat. It's the belief that food and relationships are better when they're shared." That's a major part of the reason I'm so fascinated with food, and I like that as a company they outwardly acknowledge that sharing is caring. But even more impressive is their dedication and focus on sustainability and social responsibility. It's always nice to see a big company embrace the importance of those two things. "Feed others as you would feed your own children," was something Peitro Barilla often quoted according to the company.

It doesn't get any better than this.

Fettuccine alfredo was originally created by Alfredo di Lelio in Rome in 1914. Only he wasn't using the white, cream-based stuff as we know it. The Italian version of the dish is made with lots and lots of butter and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.

Either option sounds delicious to me today!

Buon appetito!

Sono un felice giorno fettuccine alfredo!

Happy National Fettuccine Alfredo Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.