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Who serves the best Linguine Vongole (aka Spaghetti with White Clam sauce)

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jfung77 Dec 13, 2007 01:19 PM

Wondering where you get your favorite Spaghetti wih Clam sauce (my preference is white) in the Boston and Greater Boston area.

Giacomo's in both North and South Ends has been my favorite, though it's not as good as it used to be and I swear they pour a pint of Olive oil and butter on the dish. It's definitely an in your face kind of dish with a ton of garlic, oil and Clams (usually a combo of whole fresh ones and chopped clams), but that's what I like about it. I hate the creamy clam sauce versions of the dish (it's like pasta tossed with New England Clam Chowder).

  1. CocoDan Dec 14, 2007 06:54 AM

    I always get a lot of heat on this forum for recommending "Villa Frencesca" on Richmond St. in the North End, but I don't care. Fernando, the chef there, does and excellent version. No chopped clams, but real nice little necks in the shell. Boy are they good. Sometimes he'll add a few shrimp for good measure. His sauce is very delicate, which makes for a very satisfying dish. You will dip your bread until the plate is dry.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

    1. hotoynoodle Dec 13, 2007 08:03 PM

      the original il panino on parmenter st. serves a very good version.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle
        mcel215 Dec 14, 2007 01:40 AM

        I'll second the Antico Forno dish, it's heavenly. It's oven roasted I believe, so very good!

      2. MrsCheese Dec 13, 2007 05:19 PM

        I love the one at Antico Forno. I get it every time I'm there. They bake it in parchment.

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          veggielover Dec 13, 2007 04:03 PM

          I loved this dish about a month ago at Alta Strada in Wellesley.

          1. Infomaniac Dec 13, 2007 03:39 PM

            The Daily Catch in the North End and Vinny's at Night are two places I've had this dish that do it well.

            1. ScubaSteve Dec 13, 2007 02:04 PM

              don't know what your AO is but Jumpin' Jae's in Portsmouth NH has one thatz both very Good and Very large.

              1. MC Slim JB Dec 13, 2007 01:48 PM

                I love that dish, always look for it in a white wine sauce, nothing creamy or red, though bits of tomato are often welcome. In the past year or so, I've had good ones at Vinny's at Night, Massimino's, Rocca (tiny clams in the shell, yum), and Terramia. Probably others, too, but these come readily to mind.

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