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Liguria being the origin of basil pesto, the three main ways you see pesto served in Liguria are: with the spiraled trofie pasta, with the long trenette noodles, or with ultra-thin lasagna sheets which are sometimes called mandilli di seta or silk handkerchiefs! There’s something about pesto served coating mandilli di seta (think sheets of pasta that are generally half the thickness of traditional lasagna sheets) that is totally luxurious. After the mandilli are coated in the pesto they’re then fold over on themselves so they look like a pile of green handkerchiefs when you serve them.

Buon appetito!

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