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As I am late in my sixth decade I suspect that age is not the explanation. Perhaps regional variation, as I hail from the north, but the original question triggered a survey of friends from around the country who all said tomato or red sauce. Maybe it is related to England's great undiscussed and one of them is U and the other is not?! :)
Sapiophia, Ah you're middle class, actually U or non U is totally class related, lavatory v toilet, napkin v serviette. Tomato sauce as the component of an Italian meal is far younger in English than than this particular divide and as for carbonara, I must have been at university before anything "Italian" beyond spag bol appeared on my plate - and we always said lavatory on pain of grand-mama's displeasure. So, I still hold for regional, Cockney is still the south and not the north where I was dragged up, although admittedly whilst wiping my mouth with a napkin. Apologies to non English participants, this is a rather parochial debate.