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Dec 11, 2008 07:27 AM

Best linguine and clams?

Hi everyone.....the title above says it all. I haven't had a decent linguine and clams in as long as I can remember. We're coming to Boston for the holidays and hope someone can offer some ideas! Please advise!! Thanks.

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  1. I like Daily Catch on Hanover St in the NE. Very good Sicilian seafood in a "no frills" environment.

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    1. re: 9lives

      I second the Daily Catch. They have another location between Harvard St and Comm Ave near Coolidge Corner.

    2. The Village Fish in Needham. No contest.

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      1. re: Foxy79

        No contest?

        sorry but this board doesn't work that way. things get contested all the time.

        BTW, I see the Needham Village Fish is related to the 1 in Brookline Village that was started by a Daily Catch alum...and was turning out pretty poor food in it's last few years

        1. re: 9lives

          Contest all you want, but this board is about opinions and in mine, there is no contest. Obiviously there's no right or wrong answer to anything posted on this board.

          Village Fish!

      2. Not the Village Fish in Needham!!

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        1. re: bakerboyz

          I'll have to second the Daily Catch. Defintley underated in the sea of mediocre italian restaurants in the north end. Pasta with squid sauce is also ridiculous.

        2. I'll also say the Daily Catch, but I am also a fan of the dish at Out of the Blue in Davis Square.

          One quibble with the latter though: the past two times I've ordered it, one time the clams were in the shell and one time they were not. I seriously doubt that place is using canned clams, so is there a reason (seasonal?) of why there would be a variation?

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          1. re: LeoLioness

            I had a very good version at Via Matta a while back, and although this doesn't help your situation much, my all time favorite rendition is at Black Eyed Susan's on Nantucket.

            1. re: pamplemouse

              Is Black Eyed Susan's still in business? I haven't been there in several years but still remember it as a wonderfully enjoyable experience.

              1. re: powerfulpierre

                As soon as I read the title Black Eyed Susan's on Nantucket was my very first thought! They are still open and do an amazing job!

          2. Vinny's at Night, Massimino's, or Terramia for a traditional Italian-American version.

            Fancier ones at Rocca, Terramia, and Avila (tiny clams and chile flakes, very nice).

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Mmm, tiny clams - reminds me of all the Spaghetti alla Vongole I ate last year in Sicily. Which is your favorite?