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Patricia Russo~ Ex. Dir., Women’s Campaign School At Yale



It has been a week of celebrating Italian Americans on NYBERG, and  our final guest is Patricia Russo, the Executive Director of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale….she is all things politics in this state…she is warm and she is funny. If you’re a woman and want to run for political office, Russo is your gal. Her life long mission…to empower women to lead.
She says she had an interesting childhood, she jokes her parents were in a mixed marriage, her Mom was from Naples her Dad from Sicily.


Patti Russo’s So Simple Linguine Vongole…even a non Italian can Make it!


2 dozen little neck clams in their shell, rinsed and soaked in cold water for about one hour.

1 pound of linguine
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
10 cloves of smashed garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped basil
a kiss of red pepper flakes, right before serving

Heat water in a large pot for pasta

While it’s heating, add the olive oil to a heavy frying pan, medium heat.

Add 10 cloves of smashed garlic. Enjoy the yummy aroma as the pan warms!

Add the rinsed clams in their shell to the hot oil/garlic. Toss the clams so that they are coated with the olive oil.

Cover for 10 minutes. Lift the cover, and toss. The clams will begin to open. Keep cooking over medium heat until all of the clams have opened. Then, turn off heat.

Take the al dente pasta out of the boiling water and strain (do not rinse).

Add the pasta to a large bowl that will accommodate the clams and other ingredients.

Add the olive oil mixture and clams right over the pasta. Add the parsley and basil and toss again.

Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Enjoy!!!! Abbondaza!!!