This was before the Americas were discovered by Europeans. When Columbus started bringing back tomatoes from the colonies across the sea some bored farmer up in Amatrice decided it was time to invent “fusion cuisine.” He had these tomatoes on the table that were about to rot and didn’t really know what to do with them so he just threw them in the gricia pan and let them melt into a sauce. His wife had just made some fresh bucatini so they mixed everything up and the BUCATINI ALL’AMATRICIANA were born. Check them out. Again for this recipe onions are not contemplated but I like to add them to the frying mix before I add the tomatoes.
(Ed. note: Marc Vetri has a pretty bad-ass recipe for his version of this dish, which he graciously shared on Food Republic.)