They say that tenor Enrico Caruso came up with this dish. Caruso, a native of Naples, had a love-hate relationship with his home town. After he was booed at a performance early in his career, he never appeared on stage again in his native city, saying he would return only to eat the pasta. When he was in the area, he stayed at either the Hotel Vittoria in Sorrento or the Hotel Vesuvio in Naples. The dish was born when he suggested this sauce to the hotel chefs, and the rest, as they say, is history.