The name of the group is an Italian way to describe something very dark, but at the same time the word pesto can also refer to the typical Ligurian pasta sauce, the Pesto. As a matter of fact the band's logo, characterized by a strong green colour, resembles a Ligurian basil leaf, which is the most important ingredient for Pesto.
The musical style varies from rock, to rap, to reggae and to folk music. The most important characteristic of their lyrics is the strong sarcasm and comic irony which gives the music a peculiar goliardic touch. In 2005 Genoa gave to Buio Pesto the Disco D'Oro (Gold record) because they reached 50.000 albums sold.
Buio Pesto were founded in 1983, even if their "professional" period came in 1992 with recording of their first album, Voglio una fidanzata (I want a Girlfriend), published first by Deadline / Discomagic and then in 1996 by Sony. Significantly, in 1995 the music career of Buio Pesto changes fully, along with their decision to sing in the local dialect, in Ligurian.
From then until now, they sold 60.000 records and performed more than 400 concerts (with a total of 680.000 people among the audience), and collected more than 254.000.000 Lire for charity.
Their second album, Cosmolandia, was released in 1998, with more than 3,000 copies sold, and contains an unedited song Cosmolandia, sung by Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut in space for the NASA in 1992 with the Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-46. In 1999 the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-103 was launched from Cape Canaveral transporting on board the album. Cosmolandia was the first Italian album to fly to space.
The band 
The main members of the band are:
- Massimo Morini – main vocals and keyboards
- Davide Ageno – guitar and vocals
- Nino Cancilla – bass
- Gianni Casella - vocals
- Danilo Straulino – drums
- Federica Saba – vocals
- Massimo Bosso – lyrics, vocals and production
- Maurizio Borzone – violin and vocals
- Giorgia Vassallo - vocals
The staff of Buio Pesto counts 45 members altogether.
The initial group comprised Alex Pagnucco (bass) and Andrea "Pagen" Paglierini (vocals).
- Dead Line / Discomagic
- Belinlandia (1995)
- Cosmolandia (1998)
- Colombo (2000)
- Zeneize (2001)
- Paganini (2001)
- Basilico (2004)
- Palanche (2006)
- Liguria (2008)
- Videolandia / Discolandia