Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Pesto

Snakes on a plane are scary! Scapes on a plate, however, make for a wonderful pesto!

The first days of summer mark the big start of pesto season. Beyond basic (yet always aromatically delicious) basil, pesto can be made from a variety of ingredients, such as arugula, cilantro, garlic scapes, mint, parsley, sunflower seeds — and pretty much anything that tastes terrific when pulverized with cheese and oil (And, what wouldn’t, really?). Find out which restaurants are making pestos that are particularly pleasing to OpenTable diners!

1515 Restaurant, Denver, Colorado: “My wife and I started with the seared sea scallops on a bed of bacon/sorrel pesto and a lemon grass foam. The dish was excellent.”

Cichetteria 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “A lovely find. The pasta special that night was homemade ricotta gnocchi with chunks of butternut squash and an arugula-pesto sauce.”

Cook & Brown Public House, Providence, Rhode Island: “The sunflower-filled ravioli were outstanding. Sunflower seed pesto may be my next experiment at home with this inspiration. Well worth seeking it out.”

Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Truckee, California: “One of my favorite entrees anywhere is Dragonfly’s Thai noodle bowl, which comes with grilled jumbo shrimp and optional cilantro pesto. Do not skip the pesto! It gives the broth a delicious ‘pop.'”

Farina, San Francisco, California: “Handkerchief pesto was absolutely WONDERFUL. Not to be missed.”

* Fiola, Washington, D.C.: “The risotto with pesto and a fricassee of snails are to die for.”

Glenwood Grill, Raleigh, North Carolina: “Definitely would get the pesto arancini again — it includes two arancini served over a tomato fondue, and finely chopped onions served with it add crunch.”

* Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, New York: “The food was expertly prepared and plated. The flavors were authentic Sicilian with subtle twists Pickled kumquats with the octopus was unexpected and fantastic pairing. The busiate with tomato, almond, and mint pesto caused a tear.”

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, New Jersey: “Loved our meal, as usual. Run, don’t walk, to the scallops and shrimp with macadamia pesto.”

Lincoln, Portland, Oregon: “My wife’s foie gras parfait and pesto farrotto with a fried egg on top were to die for.”

* Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano, Santa Rosa, California: “Wonderful food and true Italian experience. Best pesto outside of Italy.”

Rizzuto’s, West Hartford, Connecticut: “Everyone enjoyed their mains; my chicken pesto was simply one of the best suppers I have had the pleasure of consuming!”

* Six Penn Kitchen, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “I had one of the best lamb dishes I have ever had. Slices of lamb tenderloin, marinated in arugula pesto, served over garlic scape hash made with Parmesan, buttermilk and shallots, roasted fingerling potatoes and a pork demi-glace. The lamb was succulent and milk-fed, fork tender, and every bite was delectable.”

* Sycamore BYOB, Landsdowne, Pennsylvania: “Delicious menu and lovely evening. Highlights included the wild mushroom toasts and the salmon with pesto. A total gem in an out-of-the-way area.”

Vivace, Omaha, Nebraska: “Food was great. Dill pesto cream sauce was amazing!”

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