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Our Sister City
Pesto originated in our sister city of Genoa and every two years, they hold a championship to crown the world’s best pesto maker. In order to select a finalist to represent Columbus and participate in this global competition, GCSCI organizes a local pesto championship. Ten contestants are provided with a mortar and pestle and seven ingredients to make their best Genoese Pesto.
Roberto Panizza, known as the King of Pesto, is the lead judge and helps to select the best pesto in Columbus. In 2018, the Columbus Champion was Marcello Canova. In 2020, the Columbus Champion was Reese Flowers. The winner wins a trip to Genoa, Italy to compete in the World Pesto Championship.