I've never been much of a fan of the watery red clam sauce you tend to get at restaurants. Through trial and error, I've come up with this one. It's not too runny and not too heavy. I'm sure you could adjust the dried spices to your liking, but I think they give a good flavor as is. For the tomatoes, try to use San Marzano. The flavor really ends up being worth the extra cost. If they're not available, I recommend using Muir Glen Organic; again, the difference in flavor is worth the extra pennies. You can always substitute the canned clams for fresh and you'll end up with a chunkier sauce.