Yes, maybe you have to be ready to lose at your very first attempt. But
I just said: "Maybe". ;-)
You may be a better cook than I am, and get your best Italian meatballs right away, and win, win, win.
What ever your cooking skills are, if I finally made my best meatballs surely you can too!
So lesson learned, I'm passing you my authentic,
winning Italian meatballs recipe, from my trials and errors game.