Last year I thought I knew how to make pesto. I did my home­work, R&D, read­ing, mak­ing, tast­ing. Then I met  Roberto Panizza (at the Taste of Lig­uria event) and real­ized that I really didn’t have a clue. So eat this post!

Roberto is the lead­ing author­ity on tra­di­tional Genoese pesto. Global. Cur­rent holder of the world title for pesto mak­ing, he’s a kind of heavy­weight at the Pesto Olympics in his dis­tinc­tive red apron with ‘Pesto World Cham­pion’ bla­zoned on it.

You can taste Roberto’s award-winning cre­ations at Il Gen­ovese, in Genoa of course, run by the Panizza broth­ers, and fol­low him on Twit­ter. For me, he opened up a whole new world of pesto-making dos and don’ts!