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Feb 1, 2011 02:09 PM

Is there a ristorante in Philly that serves real garlicky pasta with white clam sauce?

For years my wife and I have made a pilgrimage from NY to your fair city every spring to see your Flower Show. And every year we have searched unsuccessfully for a.ristorante which serves a real Napolitana linguine Vongole bianca.

This year we'll be back again the first week in March and would really appreciate any real suggestions.The only requirement is that the place be easily reachable from the convention Center area. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I like the spaghetti and clams at Criniti's (Broad St just north of Oregon Ave.). The dealbreaker for me at most places is when they tell me that the clams are not in the shell. That's a pretty good indicator that they are probably using canned clams instead of fresh. At Criniti's you get about a dozen clams in the shell with lots of fresh garlic.

    You can get there easily from the Convention Center by heading straight down 12th Street to Oregon Ave (about 2-3 miles). Make a right onto Oregon and then another right onto Broad St (2 blocks over). Criniti's is on the right side a half block up.

    1. Pesto Ristorante on South Broad makes this. Don't know if it will live up to your standards, but I think it's pretty good. I've never had it in Italy.

      It's not particularly close to the Conv Center but a cab would only run you $10 or so. You'd probably want to ask the restaurant to call one for you to get back, to make it easy.

      1. You could try Sotto Varalli at the corner of Broad & Locust Streets.

        1. There's Dante & Luigi's at 10th and Catharine. Good food. Never tried that dish there but the place is probably a good bet. Napolitana menu.

          1. I'm not a fan of over garlicky clams but if that is what you are seeking a recommend Bistro Romano. I think they call them clams posillpo. They should be garlicky enough for you.