I’d eaten pesto before, as many of us have, but I’d never given it a second thought as to where pesto’s origins might lie. I’ve only ever had it in Italian dishes, so I suppose I assumed it was Italian. And it is.
Born in the Ligurian region of Italy – along with another favorite of mine, focaccia bread – pesto is a blend of basil, pine nuts & olive oil (along with a few other ingredients). It’s usually quite rich so I don’t often order it, but, being that I was in the region where it came into being, I figured I should give it a try.
We spotted Pizzeria Fratelli Basso along one of the main shopping streets & decided to give it a go. It was pretty popular which is usually a good sign.
While the guy was a bit gruff & borderline rude, I will say that the food was still worth the experience. Here’s a before look at our pesto pizza. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks damn good (& it was :).
Because pesto is made with olive oil, it’s not wholly unexpected to find, well, this after the fact…
I think that’s more olive oil than pure grease, so I’m tempted to say the pesto pizza wasn’t really as bad for you as it may seem at first glance. I mean, olive oil is good for you, right? At least to a point – maybe not in the quantities we consumed. :)
Anyway, it was delicious pizza and very reasonably priced, too. I don’t remember the exact amount anymore, but I think it was about €7. A bargain, I’d say! :)
In case you wanna go, too, here’s the address & a map:via Roma 1, 19018 Vernazza, Italy
Happy eating & safe travels! :)