Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Drop the linguine into the salted boiling water and cook until the pasta is very "al dente" maybe a minute or so less than the box directs.
Meanwhile, coat a large saute pan with olive oil and add the garlic cloves and red pepper flakes. Bring the pan to a medium-high heat and cook until the garlic just begins to brown.
Put drained chopped clams in the pan with the wine and 3/4 cup reserved clam juice. Cover the pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat and cook about 5 minutes.
Add the butter and bring the liquid to a boil. Toss in the cooked pasta and the herbs. Cook the pasta together with the sauce until the sauce clings to the pasta. Turn off the heat and toss in the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, if using, and finish with a drizzle of oil. Toss or stir vigorously to combine.
by The Savvy Kitchen