What’s the one item you’re likely to find on nearly every menu in Italy? If you said spaghetti and meatballs, your answer is plausible, but it’s wrong.
Spaghetti and meatballs is actually an American dish, invented, it is true, by Italian immigrants to this country, but invented here nonetheless. These days you can find spaghetti and meatballs on the menu in Italy, but more often than not at tourist traps. In contrast, the one item you are almost always assured to find on any restaurant menu there is spaghetti carbonara.