Spaghetti alle vongole is a Neapolitan staple and Christmas classic. It is for that reason I set out to make this dish after my recent visit to Porta Nolana. There are two critical decisions once must make when preparing the dish: whether or not to shell half of the clams and whether or not to serve “macchiato” or “stained” with tomatoes. I really happen to like the aesthetic vibrancy of the added tomatoes. It is a matter of personal preference. As with every time I prepare spaghetti alle vongole, I enjoyed this dish with a glass of greco di tufo wine and lots of bread. Perhaps the most delicious ritual in these parts is the performance of the time-honored ritual of scarpetta, mopping up residual sauce with a little shoe of bread. There is no better dish for scarpetta than spaghetti alle vongole. And there is no better way to conclude a bella jurnata a Napule.
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