There’s a pesto for you

There’s a pesto for you

La Spezia – Liguria

Where it takes place

La Spezia 

Meeting place

Market Square
Piazza Cavour


on foot  


from 2 to 4 hours


Local food and wine, crafts, historical shops, local customs


According to the needs of cost and duration for adults, families, individuals and groups up to 20 people. Suitable for team building and special occasions

The Story to live together

Francesca is firmly committed to celebrate the Gina Grandma’s 110th birth anniversary, well-known in La Spezia for her wonderful pesto, inviting the closest relatives, scattered all around the world. The idea is to make the grandma’s original pesto together and then have a great banquet in her honor. But there is a problem: the recipe is not available because the mischievous grandma, passionate about puzzles, wrote only laconic clues, leaving posterity the burden of recreating her fragrant dish.
Remember, take your shopping bag because you will have to hunt for ingredients around old typical shops and the market-stalls of Piazza Cavour Market.

Francesca, Artès Operator

Hi, my name is Francesca and I’m an expert in food and wine and local customs. I will help you immerse yourself in the Ligurian culinary tradition in Piazza Cavour Market in the historic center of La Spezia. Through tastings and tales you will discover the original recipe of the “mortar – pesto” and we will celebrate the challenge together.

Lingua parlata ItalianoInglese

Francesca Operatrice Artès

What we can do together

  • Meeting with Francesca and breakfast with typical Ligurian focaccia
  • Beginning of the “ingredient hunt” in Piazza Cavour Market
  • Discovering the craft shops to disclose the secret of pestle and mortar
  • Presentation of the best matching wines with pesto in a renowned wine shop
  • “Cooking class pesto” with lunch or “Show cooking pesto” with pesto tasting and matching wines
  • Delivery of the recreated Pesto Recipe and Final Toast



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Please note

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance.

Pesto Genovese is not a vegan food, as it contains cheese.

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