This is a preview of the content in our Italian Food Decoder app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Access all content
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with full-text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play


rissoles or meatballs

The word polpette comes from 'pulp' and any meat, fish or vegetables combined together and bound, usually with an egg and some flour, is a polpetta. Big ones are polpettone.

One of the more popular dishes is polpette al pomodoro, meatballs in tomato sauce— the base of the classic Italian-American spaghetti and meatballs.

Meats & Poultry

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Giorgio Minguzzi