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Linguini with Clams

belleNOLA Oct 4, 2012 08:15 AM

I know this is a specific request, but the husband and i are planning a trip in November. Last night he mentioned that he wanted a really great Italian meal - specifically linguini with claims. Any suggestions for where we might find this? Thanks

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    deepfry7 Feb 12, 2013 10:40 AM

    Anybody know if there's much of a difference between Babbo's linguine and clam and Esca's?

    From Babbo's menu:
    Linguine with Clams, Pancetta and Hot Chilies

    From Esca's menu:
    Linguine With a medley of briny clams, hot red pepper and pancetta

    Lastly, Osteria Mozza (in LA):
    Linguine with clams, pancetta & spicy Fresno chiles

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      roze Oct 15, 2012 06:28 PM

      I have to give a big shout out for Upsate Oyster Bar. Their linguini w/calms is the house dish and excellent.

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        equilibrist Oct 17, 2012 04:03 PM

        oh, that is good to know! I live nearby and I've only been there for oysters and beer. Never tried any cooked food there. Well, except for the whiskey cake!

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          AubWah Oct 17, 2012 05:14 PM

          Is that a cool place? Been thinking of trying it

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            MVNYC Oct 18, 2012 08:17 AM

            They have a great selection of Oysters and clams. Everything I had was very fresh. Decent beer selection. I have only been once but will be back,

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          swannee Oct 11, 2012 08:03 AM

          Linguine with clams is a Neapolitan dish (please note the correct spelling, it means little tongues, I.e. lingua, linguine, hence linguine). Everywhere else in Italy it is made with spaghetti.

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            fishermb Oct 14, 2012 02:21 PM

            Bar Pitti is my favorite linguine w/clams in Manhattan

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            sushiman Oct 4, 2012 06:24 PM

            YOu have to leave Manhattan to get the best and go to Don Peppe.

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              comiendosiempre Oct 5, 2012 05:22 AM

              Yes, DP has great linguini w/claims. I thought Mailano's version to be bland. Frankly, I haven't had an outstanding version in quite some time. I believe the one I had a Babbo a year or so back was very very good.

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                deepfry7 Oct 5, 2012 07:19 AM

                I've had linguine and white clam at Babbo and Osteria Morini recently. That being said, I agree no Manhattan version compares to Don Peppe in Queens (by JFK airport).

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                  belleNOLA Oct 10, 2012 06:48 AM

                  Thanks All - we are going to try and make it to Don Peppe, but i apprecaiate all the suggestions. I also appreciate overlooking my typo/spelling error :) If you ever make it to New Orleans be sure to check in for tips - we love company!!

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                    foodwhisperer Oct 12, 2012 08:51 PM

                    Ennio and Michael's linguini with white clam sauce was as good as Don Peppe's ,as did their clams oreganata. However, they are no longer in business. Joe's from MacDougal St. also was great on those dishes. Joe's no longer around either. Joe's was where Ennio and Michael, Il Mulino, Pirandello, Bocconcino and about 6 other restaurants had the waiters that became owners of the above mentioned restaurants.

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                  foodwhisperer Oct 10, 2012 07:17 AM

                  Totally second Don Peppe. Bring cash , no credit cards accepted, they also have the best baked clams. Also, no reservations accepted. Good people watching place ( not celebs, more like Sopranos).

                3. jon Oct 4, 2012 03:33 PM

                  maialino has (or had) a fantastic linguini with clams.

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                    bob96 Oct 4, 2012 12:31 PM

                    Their only pasta I've had was a delicious lobster w spaghetti, but I can't imagine you'd go wrong with Esca.

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                      equilibrist Oct 10, 2012 06:38 PM

                      I had Esca's spaghetti alle vongole a couple of months ago and it was inedibly salty. I mean truly inedible. The server warned us it was salty, and I like salt, so I said fine. But I couldn't eat it. Didn't send it back because I was warned about the salt, but it tasted like they'd spilled an entire carton of salt in there.

                      My dining companion's spaghetti with lobster was delicious, though.

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                        sushiman Oct 11, 2012 07:20 AM

                        They have been making it like that forever. The chef does not care what the customers think. It is terrible.

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                          equilibrist Oct 11, 2012 08:38 AM

                          Huh. Well, why would he do that? Does *anyone* really like it? maybe someone with a sodium deficiency.

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                          bob96 Oct 11, 2012 10:54 PM

                          I've only had the lobster w spaghetti, which was outstanding, but could see how saltiness might be an issue. Odd that a server would warn you--would suggest they like (or accept it) that way. Need not be, of course.

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                            barberinibee Oct 12, 2012 06:01 AM

                            I would guess that they have gotten many complaints and had to take the dish back and comp another dish -- so forewarned means you pay if you complain it is "too salty".

                            I generally find myself reaching for the salt shaker in NYC restaurants, and I enjoy eating at Esca even though I once had a server become impatient with me about my order. He didn't think I was taking advantage of the house specialties and was ordering a pedestrian meal. I interrupted him and told him to please just bring me what I wanted.

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                              bob96 Oct 13, 2012 08:32 PM

                              Bravo. There seems to be a general Batali connection to saltiness, if not always to presumptuous waiters. Your interruption reminds me of one of mine, at a once hot Tribeca trattoria, where the waiter offered to select for us a wine that he liked. I said I'd choose one I liked. This was also the place where I ordered, with great anticipation, a baccala in umido, only to find myself eating fresh cod. The same waiter seemed not to think anything odd of it.

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                        Riverman500 Oct 4, 2012 08:22 AM

                        Lincoln serves an excellent version with clams, pancetta, shishito peppers and breadcrumbs.

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                          Lacrosse_Gastronomic Oct 10, 2012 07:46 AM


                          Tried this yesterday. Incredible.

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                            plf515 Feb 12, 2013 01:57 PM

                            That sounds remarkably good.

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