Go into the average Italian restaurant in America, and if there is a menu, spaghetti and meatballs are going to be on it. We seek out Italian restaurants for authentic Italian spaghetti and meatballs don’t we?
Authentic by whose standards? It turns up not by Italy’s.
Smithsonian.com says you’d be hard pressed to find the dish on restaurant menus in Italy. They have a popular round ball made of meat, but, if anything it’s a distant cousin to what most of us have come to know as spaghetti and meatballs.
For a good read on just where spaghetti met meatball, and how the delicious marriage took place click the jump link below and enjoy.