The magic ingredients of this traditional Ligurian delicacy are basil, garlic, nuts, olive oil, pecorino romano & grana padano PDO cheeses. Fresh basil has a wonderful pungent aroma and an incredible flavor that is a cross between licorice and cloves. Pesto, which originated in Genoa, Italy, comes from the Italian word pestare that means to pound or to bruise. The perfume of the fresh basil blended together harmoniously with the ingredients, keeps the traditions of the Italian cuisine and bring its flavor to all dishes. Pesto is one of the most satisfying raw bases for making sauces in Italian cooking. It is the classic accompaniment to pasta, however can also be served on sliced beef, with tomatoes & mozzarella cheese and sliced boiled potatoes.