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Dive Into Cuisine Of The Amalfi Coast With This Classic Linguine and Clams Dish

Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel and Casino is home to Osteria Costa, a casual-dining restaurant that has one particular specialty: Amalfi Coast cuisine.

If you’ve never heard of Amalfi-style food before, don’t fret. Chef Michael LaPlaca is more than happy to take your taste buds on a journey down the Amalfi Coast, which is a stretch of shoreline along the Southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy.

Amalfi cuisine focuses on the flavors of fresh seafood, capturing the essence of the ocean on a plate. A humble ambassador to the sea, Chef LaPlaca gave us an intimate look at one of his signature dishes: Linguine and clams.

Watching him move through the kitchen with authority and finesse as he crafts a union of molluscs and pasta is truly a sight.

Hot oil, garlic, and chili flakes are introduced to a fresh bed of clams. As the flavors meld together in a saucepan, fresh hand-made pasta is cooked and added to the clams and clam stock as the stunning dish comes together.

Chef LaPlaca tells Foodbeast:

“[Linguine and Clams is] one of my favorite dishes but also it really represents the way that it is cooked on the Amalfi Coast. It takes those time-honored traditions — the elegant simplicity of taking simple ingredients such as flour and water — and the fresh seafood from the sea, creating a masterpiece. “

The next time you’re in Las Vegas and want to experience the oceanic zest of the Amalfi Coast, pay a visit to Osteria Costa in the Mirage Hotel. The coastal flavors will sweep your tastebuds like the Amalfi region’s sea breeze.

By Peter Pham

Pete's favorite foods include pizza, tacos and pretty much any kind of breakfast. He'll usually snap a photo or two while his food cools down.