Is spaghetti and meatballs an Italian dish?

If you travel to Italy, you will not come across a dish known as spaghetti with meatballs. Yes, polpettes, Italy’s equivalent of meatballs, exist, but they differ from their American cousins in a number of ways. They’re typically served as a stand-alone meal or in soups, and can be made with any meat, from turkey to fish.