Pesto literally means to crush. The version most people think of is the traditional recipe from Genoa in Italy’s Liguria region, which includes basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and Parmigiano-Reggiano pounded together in a mortar and then mixed with plenty of olive oil. Though that rendition remains as popular as ever, chefs are starting to put their own spins on the sauce. Here are 14 restaurants for pesto to savor – ranging from the classic to the creative. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.

Osteria Via Stato, Chicago, Illinois
Bow tie pasta feels so fancy. They’re dressed up even more with rich walnut pesto. It’s like prom on a plate.
Rave restaurant review: “Fantastic Italian food and service with a warm atmosphere.”
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