Pesto is a classic Italian sauce hailing from Genoa. Since it was invented in the 16th century, chefs worldwide have found wonderful new ways to use this ingredient made from basil, pine nuts, and garlic. Try this Italian food staple in a few of the favorite ways below.

Popular Italian Food Dishes That Feature Pesto

1. Sandwiches

Pesto is a healthy and flavorful spread to put on a sandwich, in a wrap, on a warm panini, or in an open-faced sandwich. It's most often served with tomato and mozzarella, but it also pairs particularly well with turkey, chicken, and lettuce.

2. Pizza

italian foodA pesto pizza uses pesto as the base sauce rather than the traditional marinara. This gives the classic pizza a different and slightly more upscale flavor. Top the pie with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, chicken, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, sweet red pepper, or feta cheese for a healthy pizza alternative.

3. Meats

Pesto can be drizzled or spread on top of a meat dish to bring out its flavor and add some freshness. However, be sure to begin with a thin spread, since too much of the sauce can overwhelm your entrée. You can always add more afterward to your chicken, salmon, or even baked tofu.

4. Pasta

When you think of pesto, pasta is likely what comes to mind. The hot pasta brings out the flavor of the basil, parmesan, and garlic, and the meal can be completed with avocado, chicken, grilled salmon, cheese, or tomato.


Emilio’s of Morris Park offers a mouthwatering menu of Italian food favorites, brought straight to you in the Bronx, NY. Whether you want a chicken entrée with pesto or a fresh pizza, they have something to suit every craving. Take a look at their menu online, and call (718) 822-6758 to order for delivery. You can also download the Emilio's app for stress-free ordering by texting "Emilios" to 33733.