Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese is the quintessential pesto recipe, with origins in the Ligurian province and city of Genoa, this pesto is one of the region’s most beloved exports.


Pesto Genovese’s ingredients include Basilico Genovese DOP, Riviera Ligure DOP extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, garlic, pine nuts, sea salt and walnuts. It is best known for its instantly recognizable and pleasant aroma brought on by the mixing of its ingredients, specifically the garlic, basil and cheese.

Pesto has always been used to enrich pasta dishes, especially the Ligurian trofie pasta variety, it is typically paired with a white wine, specifically Pigato DOC from Liguria.

true italian taste

When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.

Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.

Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.

So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.