Lest Eat, Pray, Love had you believing that Italian food was all hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas, and rich, bechamel pastas, ancient Rome's cuisine was actually a little stranger than the dishes it now celebrates, and this video highlights a few.
Apicius, one of the first foodies of the ancient world, wrote a cookbook detailing dishes and recipes popular among Romans with good taste.
One of the foods popular in the day was lamb, which you might've guessed. What you probably didn't guess, however, is that lamb's brain could be turned in jelly, which was highly sought after as a culinary accoutrement.
TL;DR: spaghetti and meatballs aren't even mentioned. Watch this video for more nose-wrinkling ancient Roman meals!