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Loredana's Pesto began in 1993 at
the Downtown Denver Farmers' Market. I borrowed some crates and
an old door from the farmers and made a table. And I started
selling pesto. I sold out in one hour.
I learned how to make pesto at my
parent's first restaurant, Berthoud Falls Inn, in Berthoud
Falls, Colorado. The chef was Gabrielle (Gabrielle's of
Sedalia). My brother, Ivano, was the assistant chef, my two
sisters bussed tables and I washed dishes.
I watched and I learned. When the
kitchen needed extra help I would fill in. I worked in the
kitchen from when I was 9 years old to 15 years old. At fifteen
I began to bus tables until 1987, the year the restaurant burned
1988 my family opened Ristorante Al Lago in Dillon, Colorado. It
was there when my brother asked me to pick up the basil at the
Farmers' Market. The farmer asked me what I was going to do with
all that basil and I told her that we use it for making pesto.
She invited me to come to the Saturday Farmers' Market and sell
pesto. Little did I know that I would be selling pesto at
Farmers' Markets throughout Colorado, participating in 20
holiday shows a year and sending pesto all over the United
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