Tuesday night is poker night at Cafe Europa in New Hope and I went straight from the office to the game. Cafe Europa’s new chef Joey has recently added Clams Casino to the daily specials menu so I decided to try them.
Clams Casino is a classic summer dish and Joey’s take on them was very nice. He used about a dozen small clams, Littlenecks I think, as the main ingredient. I order Clams Casino often but generally get larger and fewer clams so Joey’s version was a nice change. Each bite size clam portion was made up of Sweet Clam Meat, seasoned bread crumbs, parm cheese, a little garlic, Prosciutto and some oregano. The contrasts of of dense clam meat, bits of prosciutto and the seasoned bread crumbs gave a nice mouth feel. The different flavours of sweet and slightly salty clam meat, the garlic flavoured bread crumbs and the salty bacon made each portion a delight in my mouth.
Later that night I gambled on cards but the Clams Casino is a sure bet at Cafe Europa.
Cafe Europa Trattoria, Logan Square, New Hope, PA 215-862-9600