The only mention of the Polenta family, apart from that of Francesca, is at Inf.
Might it not just as well be rice, or polenta, or even beef and bacon?
An old woman and her son were cooking their polenta, but no herds were in sight.
Not so in London; nor were there grapes or polenta even if she desired nothing else.
The other part is bad Italian—pampered Italian, fed for ...