To the Discovery of an Ancient Flavour
Roll back time to the XVI century! A period when trade was growing and with it commercial spaces too! Indeed at this time Genoese women that once went to Ripa to buy the rare vegetable that grew in the difficult land of Liguria, started to do their grocery shopping in piazza dei funghi (Mushrooms Square) and piazza delle erbe (Spices Square). It may seem fun that three centuries later the author of “Cuciniera genovese” (Genoese cuisine)managed to “connect” these two squares in one of its recipes. Of course, we are talking about pesto one! He called it “mixture or garlic taste” and advised his readers to add “not so young mushrooms” to flavor it. So we can definitely claim that retracing pesto’s ancient history means retracing Genoa’s one!