The only way to have true Genoese pesto would be to go to the Liguria region of Italy where the tiny fragrant sweet basil the Italian Riviera is famous for can be found. Locally grown basil, although not quite the same, will produce a very nice pesto for those of us who may find it impractical to fly to the Riviera whenever we feel like having pesto.
Traditionally pesto is served with trenette which is basically the same as fettuccine, but it is also excellent with spaghetti or spaghettini and potato gnocchi.
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