Bowl of linguine with pesto.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Italia's Linguine al Pesto

A friend likes to say that basil should not be planted until it is warm enough to lie on the ground naked. It is a summer herb, best grown and enjoyed in hot weather.

Mortar pestle of pesto along side some pine nuts and shredded cheese.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sauces

Italia's Pesto

When Italia was cooking, there was no problem getting Italian pine nuts. Now they are hard to find. If you cannot find pine nuts that are not from China, consider using walnuts instead.