Best dishes countdown #15: Spaghetti Nero and clams at Il Foro

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Elegant, yet fun.

If there is a line separating serious, regional Italian cooking and Italian-American cooking, then the spaghetti Nero with clams sits smack upon it. This dish is a stunning example of the way the cooking at Il Foro plays with boundaries.

Squid-ink-infused pasta is a natural base for sweet little clams to nestle, open, and release their briny liquor. Along with a light marinara, a confetti of pepperoni gets invited to the party, mimicking the size and shape of the clams to a T.

And finally, there comes a surprise kick of jalapeño, rarely if ever seen before in Italian cooking, proving that one needn't be a traditionalist in order to be taken seriously. 

Il Foro 

40 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis 

612-238-2300

il-foro.com 

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