Did you know that the word ‘pesto’ originates from the Italian word ‘pestare,’ which means ‘to pound’ or ‘to crush’? The beauty of this meaning lies in its ambiguity, as pesto fanatics have freedom to tweak and refine traditional recipes to reflect their own flavor preferences. Explore the many variations of this timeless sauce at these San Diego restaurants.
The Haven in historic Kensington is known for its gourmet pizzas and creative toppings, which is why it’s no surprise that this local hotspot hones pesto-infused pies unmatched by others. Bask in their cozy setting adorned in modern décor, as you dig into Spicy Pesto pizza, topped with spicy pizza sauce, pesto, fresh basil and mozzarella. A flavor experience that highlights notes of pine nuts, basil and pesto, this dish is for San Diego’s pesto connoisseurs.
If a swanky spot in the Gaslamp District is on your docket, head over to barleymash. Decked in chic décor and boasting inventive menu items, barleymash offers their Cilantro Pesto flatbread, topped with marinated chicken, pepper jack, pickled onions, sweet corn and cilantro-pesto sauce. A crisp intermingling of flavors, this flatbread is a pesto-lover’s dream.
A farm-to-fork eatery located in Mission Hills, Farmer’s Bottega melds culinary zeal with locally sourced ingredients. Adorned in quaint décor, this hangout is both charming and full of life. Enjoy their Housemade Meatloaf Hash, prepared with meatloaf, spinach, potatoes, pesto and three eggs any style, served with toast. This pesto dish is the perfect way to start the day!
A beachy hangout in Solana Beach, Pillbox Tavern boasts a menu loaded with delectable dishes suited to every palate. Try their Chicken Caprese Sandwich, packed with grilled chicken, pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, fresh basil, garlic herb aioli and house balsamic reduction, on grilled multi-grain bread. This pesto-infused sandwich brings classic flavors to the table with coastal surroundings for an experience that’ll keep you coming back for more.