Corn is the only grain whose origin can be traced to the Americas. When Columbus landed in modern day Cuba some of his crew went inland, came across maize and brought it back to Europe. In Italy corn is most often served as polenta. This dish comes from the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. Polenta is a filling, nutritious dish that can carry many different flavors. Season with herbs, spices, sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes or garlic to make a delicious side dish or entree. Polenta can be sliced, baked or fried. Serve as a hot breakfast, topped with maple syrup for breakfast.