What would be a good Latin translation for the sauce pesto? I see a couple of possible routes, but it's not clear to me at all what I should call the sauce in a modern context:
- It seems to come from the Italian verb pestare which in turn comes from the Latin pistare. Perhaps the analogous derivative in Latin would be pistatum, pistatus (fourth declension), or pistatio.
- One could take the word as is or with slight modifications and apply suitable endings. It could be an undeclinable word, it could be pestum, -i, or maybe pesto, -nis.
- One could find a similar sauce used by the Romans and adapt that name, possible with a clarifying adjective.