The typical Ligurian basil sauce from Crespi has been replaced by CALVI D.O.P. PESTO, prepared using DOP basil from the Genoa region of Italy, just as the original receipe calls for, thus making this truly a Genoese Pesto.
Pesto is the typical sauce, originating from Genoa, that people throughout Liguria (Italy) use to dress pasta. Traditionally potatoes and string beans are added to the dish, boiled together with the pasta. However, it can be used in a variety of equally delicious ways in the kitchen, such as on pizza, in a dip for crudites and in dressings for vegetables to name a few.
The name pesto comes from the Genoese word pestà meaning to pound or grind referring to the process of crushing the basil, pine nuts and garlic, traditionally in a pestle and mortar.
The secret of CALVI Pesto is in the high percentage of pine nuts and the quality of basil: only Genoese Basil D.O.P. grown in open-air fields under the Ligurian sunshine.
Only original, “made/grown in Italy", and all natural ingredients such as 2 year old Reggiano parmigiano cheese, pine nuts, fruity extra virgin olive oil, and of course the most fragrant basil from Genoa, go into this Pesto, truly the best there is!
Great as a pasta sauce or with chicken, and fish dishes as well as enhancing the flavour of vegetable soup.