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.