I really don't like polenta! However, most things can be improved by the addition of cheese and seasoning! LolYou mean the old world, ie, Europe. This happened in northern Italy.
Grits and polenta are similar enough to me that they can be used interchangeably, so if you like polenta, chances are you will like grits. Imo, they're best served with a tasty gravy or sauce, or cheesed up or with a lot of seasoning.