We often take for granted simple foods, like a traditional Margherita pizza or a warm grilled-cheese sandwich. That is, until we taste a bad version; then we gain a new-found appreciation for them. It's also then that we begin to realize that our beloved Margherita pizza and grilled-cheese sandwich aren't quite as simple as we thought.
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|Macchialina's spaghetti alle vongole has everything you'd want from this classic Italian dish.|
A perfect example is spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), a relatively straightforward dish that hails from Venice, where bivalves are available by the boatload. Sometimes tomatoes are added to the mix, but the recipe usually includes clams, parsley, white wine, garlic, chilies, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Ubiquitous at restaurants both in Italy and abroad, this pasta dish frequently disappoints despite its simplicity. According to Macchialina Taverna Rustica's chef and co-owner, Michael Pirolo, "spaghetti alle vongole is one of the easiest dishes to mess up."
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