Circo’s Chef Alfio Shares His Award-Winning Pesto Secrets

Oct 20, 2013 923

by Amelia Pang

There's a misconception that pesto should have a strong garlic flavor. But, Chef Alfio Longo, executive chef of Circo Restaurant, feels pesto is best with just a light touch of garlic. "In order to appreciate the richness of the Italian extra olive oil, you can't use too much of any of the ingredients," Longo said. "It's about balance."

And Longo would know. He just won a pesto competition that launches him into the International Pesto competition in Italy next March. Longo will represent New York City during a weeklong competition in the Royal Palace of Genoa.

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