Tresca Clam and Pancetta Linguini

Tresca Clam and Pancetta Linguini

By Jazz Martin — Recipe by Cameron Keating Executive Chef, Tresca

Tresca Italian Restaurant offers authentic Italian dining that features hearty multi-regional cuisine with an exceptional wine cellar, offering a selection of over 500 of the finest vintages. Tresca has won the Wine Spectator ‘Award of Excellence’ for 5 years running. The warm captivating atmosphere and fireplace lit dining rooms capture the feeling of being in villa in Tuscany. The service is exceptional and the menu remarkable, a true dining experience. My trip to Tresca this day was to photograph the Executive Chef Cameron Keating’s recipe he submitted to Scene Magazine’s Iron Chef: Pass the Pancetta article.

Tresca Clams Casino Bucatini

Clams Casino Bucatini

Serves 4

For the Pancetta Bread Crumbs

  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 oz. crispy pancetta

Add seasoned breadcrumbs, arugula, and crispy pancetta to food processor. Pulse until uniform with a nice green color.

To Cook

  • 1 pound dried bucatini pasta
  • 16 little neck clams
  • 1 small bottle clam juice
  • 6 oz. pancetta
  • 1 tbsp. chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, diced fine
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • zest and juice from 1 lemon

Cut pancetta into strips and render until crispy. Reserve approximately 2 oz. for garnish. Add garlic, shallots and clams (well scrubbed) and sauté on high until garlic becomes fragrant. Deglaze pan with wine, and add clam juice and lemon juice. Cook covered until clams open. Meanwhile cook pasta according to instructions on box. When clams have opened, add lemon zest, chopped tomatoes and chili flakes. Reduce until sauce begins to thicken and finish with butter, pancetta crumbs and season to taste. Toss with bucatini, serve immediately, garnish with remaining crumbs.

For more go to the latest issues of Scene Magazine and to Boston Food Rules!