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Re: “Grille at Garage on Beck

They used to have a great Philly cheese steak sandwich. Before, the meat had flavor, it was sliced thin and not fatty. I went this Sunday and it was horrible. The meat was cut thick, it was tough, it had an off flavor for meat and it had a lot of fat. I was really disappointed.

Posted by Vin on 09/18/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Molto Veneto

HISTORY OF ALFREDO DI LELIO CREATOR IN 1908 OF “FETTUCCINE ALL’ALFREDO” (“FETTUCCINE ALFREDO”), NOW SERVED BY HIS NEPHEW INES DI LELIO, AT THE RESTAURANT “IL VERO ALFREDO” – “ALFREDO DI ROMA” IN ROME, PIAZZA AUGUSTO IMPERATORE 30

With reference to your article I have the pleasure to tell you the history of my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “Fettuccine all’Alfredo” (“Fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1908 in the “trattoria” run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). This “trattoria” of Piazza Rosa has become the “birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
More specifically, as is well known to many people who love the “fettuccine all’Alfredo", this famous dish in the world was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio concerned about the lack of appetite of his wife Ines, who was pregnant with my father Armando (born February 26, 1908).
Alfredo di Lelio opened his restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome and in 1943, during the war, he sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 "Il Vero Alfredo" (“Alfredo di Roma”), whose fame in the world has been strengthened by his nephew Alfredo and that now managed by me, with the famous “gold cutlery” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
See also the website of “Il Vero Alfredo” .
I must clarify that other restaurants "Alfredo" in Rome do not belong and are out of my brand "Il Vero Alfredo – Alfredo di Roma".
I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo –Alfredo di Roma” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
Best regards Ines Di Lelio


IN ITALIANO

STORIA DI ALFREDO DI LELIO, CREATORE DELLE “FETTUCCINE ALL’ALFREDO” (“FETTUCCINE ALFREDO”), E DELLA SUA TRADIZIONE FAMILIARE PRESSO IL RISTORANTE “IL VERO ALFREDO” (“ALFREDO DI ROMA”) IN PIAZZA AUGUSTO IMPERATORE A ROMA

Con riferimento al Vostro articolo ho il piacere di raccontarVi la storia di mio nonno Alfredo Di Lelio, inventore delle note "fettuccine all'Alfredo" (“Fettuccine Alfredo”).
Alfredo Di Lelio, nato nel settembre del 1883 a Roma in Vicolo di Santa Maria in Trastevere, cominciò a lavorare fin da ragazzo nella piccola trattoria aperta da sua madre Angelina in Piazza Rosa, un piccolo slargo (scomparso intorno al 1910) che esisteva prima della costruzione della Galleria Colonna (ora Galleria Sordi).
Il 1908 fu un anno indimenticabile per Alfredo Di Lelio: nacque, infatti, suo figlio Armando e videro contemporaneamente la luce in tale trattoria di Piazza Rosa le sue “fettuccine”, divenute poi famose in tutto il mondo. Questa trattoria è “the birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
Alfredo Di Lelio inventò le sue “fettuccine” per dare un ricostituente naturale, a base di burro e parmigiano, a sua moglie (e mia nonna) Ines, prostrata in seguito al parto del suo primogenito (mio padre Armando). Il piatto delle “fettuccine” fu un successo familiare prima ancora di diventare il piatto che rese noto e popolare Alfredo Di Lelio, personaggio con “i baffi all’Umberto” ed i calli alle mani a forza di mischiare le sue “fettuccine” davanti ai clienti sempre più numerosi.
Nel 1914, a seguito della chiusura di detta trattoria per la scomparsa di Piazza Rosa dovuta alla costruzione della Galleria Colonna, Alfredo Di Lelio decise di trasferirsi in un locale in una via del centro di Roma, ove aprì il suo primo ristorante che gestì fino al 1943, per poi cedere l’attività a terzi estranei alla sua famiglia.
Ma l’assenza dalla scena gastronomica di Alfredo Di Lelio fu del tutto transitoria. Infatti nel 1950 riprese il controllo della sua tradizione familiare ed aprì, insieme al figlio Armando, il ristorante “Il Vero Alfredo” (noto all’estero anche come “Alfredo di Roma”) in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 (cfr. il sito web di Il Vero Alfredo).
Con l’avvio del nuovo ristorante Alfredo Di Lelio ottenne un forte successo di pubblico e di clienti negli anni della “dolce vita”. Successo, che, tuttora, richiama nel ristorante un flusso continuo di turisti da ogni parte del mondo per assaggiare le famose “fettuccine all’Alfredo” al doppio burro da me servite, con l’impegno di continuare nel tempo la tradizione familiare dei miei cari maestri, nonno Alfredo, mio padre Armando e mio fratello Alfredo. In particolare le fettuccine sono servite ai clienti con 2 “posate d’oro”: una forchetta ed un cucchiaio d’oro regalati nel 1927 ad Alfredo dai due noti attori americani M. Pickford e D. Fairbanks (in segno di gratitudine per l’ospitalità).
Un aneddoto della vita di mio nonno. Alfredo fu un grande amico di Ettore Petrolini, che conobbe nei primi anni del 1900 in un incontro tra ragazzi del quartiere Trastevere (tra cui mio nonno) e ragazzi del Quartiere Monti (tra cui Petrolini). Fu proprio Petrolini che un giorno, già attore famoso, andando a trovare l’amico Alfredo, gli disse che lui era un “attore” della cucina romana nel mondo e gli consigliò di attaccare alle pareti del ristorante le sue foto con i noti personaggi soprattutto dello spettacolo, del cinema e della cultura in genere che erano ospiti di “Alfredo”. Anche ciò fa parte del cuore della bella tradizione di famiglia che continuo a rendere sempre viva con affetto ed entusiasmo.
Desidero precisare che altri ristoranti “Alfredo” a Roma non appartengono e sono fuori dal mio brand di famiglia.
Vi informo che il Ristorante “Il Vero Alfredo” è presente nell’Albo dei “Negozi Storici di Eccellenza – sezione Attività Storiche di Eccellenza” del Comune di Roma Capitale.
Grata per la Vostra attenzione ed ospitalità nel Vostro interessante blog, cordiali saluti
Ines Di Lelio

Posted by Paolo Ugo on 09/13/2016 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Crossroads Urban Center, Table X and Beehive Cheese Co.

Yummy, the Urban Crossroads Center truly needs your help and donations!! Thank you

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Posted by lukamay on 09/10/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Molto Veneto

Veneto two month reservation policy = DOOM

Posted by DJHEnt on 09/03/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Dim Sum House

ME AND MY FAMILY WENT TO DIM SUM HOUSE AND MY DAUGHTER FOUND A COCKROACH IN HER SOUP AND THEN THERE WAS ONE THAT WAS RUNNING ACROSS THE TABLE DO NOT EAT THERE

Posted by MISTYG on 09/01/2016 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Bohemian Rhapsody

Stop telling people what a great place this is.
It's tough enough to get a seat now, much less if others start invading my favorite brewpub.

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Posted by Doug Rice on 08/29/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Beer Debunked

Homebrewing is a great hobby. Where in the State of Utah can you have a award winning 7% beer for $1 a 12oz bottle? or $2 for a 22oz bomber? After brewing 70+ batches on my brew system, the equipment has paid for itself many times over. You can brew styles you could never get on the warm shelf at the liquor store. The folks at the Beer Nut and Salt City Brew Supply could not be any nicer or more helpful. Give it a try, you won't regret homebrewing.

Posted by Steve Moga on 08/25/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “SOMI Oh My!

My friends and I love this restaurant! The atmosphere is modern and friendly! I've tried the Pho, vermicelli noodles, pan seared halibut, and fried springs rolls. Loved every dish! Prices are reasonable, owner can't be more welcoming, and service is excellent!!! This is our favorite restaurant and we willingly drive about 25mins from Park City the eat there.

Posted by Ranger on 07/26/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Brunchables

Where was that pictures taken? I want to eat there! Stoneground?

Posted by Amanda Rock on 07/19/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “For the Birds

You can use it to replace an ice crusher, coffee grinder, milkshake maker, blender, smoothie maker http://goo.gl/S6QebE

Posted by Eleanor Han on 07/01/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Utah Pizza Picks

Savvy article - Speaking of which , if your business is searching for a SF 6.14 Form and Notice , my kids saw a sample form here http://pdf.ac/8eRbsZ

Posted by Paul Davide on 06/21/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Sundance Summer

It's too bad they can't seem to decorate their desert plates. Some creme anglaise and raspberry coulis piped decoratively, a tuille, sugar or marzipan decorations would make a huge difference.

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Posted by Annemarie Prina on 06/15/2016 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Summer Breezes

Caffe Molise. 55 w. 100 s. Best patio downtown.

Posted by Jo Disa Starks on 06/13/2016 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Sage Advice

You're a pretentious jack wagon. And it's people like you that are strangling the life out of Park City's charm. Let's just have cookie cutter typical recipe over priced snobby restaurants.

I say, good day, to you sir.

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Posted by Tibbers on 06/12/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Artful Asian

Mary, I wasn't blaming the neighborhood. I love Rose Park. I was blaming the strip mall location, which didn't hold much "curb appeal."

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Posted by TScheffler on 05/13/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Artful Asian

As a west-sider, I have to say, don't blame the neighborhood. The Red Iquana is almost next door (in both directions!).

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Posted by Mary on 05/11/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Bourgeois Bargains

I can't help but wonder why you read my columns, KB, since they seem to agitate you so. Although, I notice that your missives come in the middle of the night, so maybe you're just sleep-deprived. You're holding a 19 year grudge about a Park City restaurant I reviewed two decades ago (get over it) and now you point out that "All Bordeaux wines are grossly overpriced...." and "I'd never buy any French wine...." There are plenty of other fine food and wine writers out there. I can't understand why you're so obsessed with this one. I feel sad (for you) that you waste so much energy hating me, without even knowing me. There must be better ways to use your time and intellect.

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Posted by Ted Scheffler on 04/26/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Modern French Cuisine

Gee, thanks KB for setting me straight, and for your world-wise wisdom on how to find a good meal in France. I could have never done so on my own. I can only hope someday to reach your level of culinary insight and expertise. Until then, I'll just keep sending readers to "California Yuppie Food" emporiums. So creative, that phrase!!!

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Posted by TScheffler on 04/21/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Bourgeois Bargains

I must assert that Ted is full of it. All Bordeaux wines are grossly overpriced because wine snobs like Ted persit in the fiction that these are "great" wines. Not so. For the most part, they are second rate, overpriced wines easily beaten by almost anything from California and by much of the production of S America, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.

Adjusted to toady's prices, we once spent $350 on diner for two at a two star Michelin Restaurant on fresh killed wild boar accompanied by a Premier Grand Cru St Emmilon (a top rated Bordeaux whose major grape is the Merlot). Years later we discovered that an $8 California Merlot was a better wine.

The last French Bordeaux we bought was a case of 1975 Lafite which was selling for $168 a bottle when we drank our last bottle. Again, for less that $10, we could have enjoyed a superior California Bordeaux.

I am not a Francophone when it comes to wine. Our favorite wine ever was a 1976 Burgundy that cost $8 in 1978 ($35 today). Our wine merchant had 26 cases of this wine. I bought all of them. That was a bargain, a real steal, but today, I'd never buy any French wine because none of them are worth the money, especially Bordeaux.

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Posted by kb on 04/21/2016 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Modern French Cuisine

Precious? No.

Pretentious? Yes.

Glad to see Ted finally gets it-- the absurd corruption of so-called fine dinning over the last 20-25 years, but it didn't require a trip to Paris to figure it out. We knew it the first time we ate at a Park City restaurant highly recommended by Ted when we moved to Utah 19 years ago-- pretentious in the extreme, only differentiated from the Paris rip-offs Ted describes by larger serving sizes. So pretentious was, and is, Park City dining that we quickly coined a term for this novelle cuisine-- California Yuppie Food. That's an insult. And it took a trip to France for Ted to finally decipher California Yuppie Cuisine. Good on Ted. Its about time, but if Ted really gets it, he will never again recommend any Park City restaurant and will retract about half his SLC recommendations.


Ted goes on to say, " I realized during this trip to France that the food I love in France is much like the food I love here in American. It's regional." Nope. Wrong again, Ted. It might have been regional food, but that was not the key to a good meal in France. The key was that these were places where the French Joe Six-pack eats. Take the $125 lunch Ted reported on. Do that every day of the year, and its cost exceeds the average annual income of a Frenchman. Can't be done. THE FRENCH DON'T EAT LIKE THIS. To appreciate French cuisine, you must eat like the French eat, and that means forget the Michelin stars. That’s not French food. That’s Michelin food– California Yuppie cuisine in spades.

How to find a real French restaurant:

1] Find a hotel that looks like it caters to traveling salesmen and eat at its restaurant.

2] As a local where he/she eats most often when eating out.

3] Walk down the street reading the menus posted in front of the restaurants. Pick one in your price range or pick one where something on menu appeals to you. This works because there are no bad restaurants in France

4] Use the Michelin Guide but ignore the famous stars and use the secondary rating system which look like x-xxxxx.

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Posted by kb on 04/21/2016 at 12:44 AM

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