A simple and elegant dish
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 generous tablespoon of salt, and cook pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, warm the olive oil in a deep skillet or saucepan; add garlic cloves, red pepper flakes and salt (to taste). Cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Remove garlic cloves and discard. Add clams and 1/3 c. white wine and cook, covered for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped parsley and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, making sure all the clams have opened.
Drain pasta and add to pan with clams. Serve immediately, allowing about six clams per serving.