I tried out this recipe on several groups of friends (it pays to befriend a recipe developer!) and, in addition to unanimously loving the dish, a consistent comment was, "This is clams casino?" Turns out, they would have been ordering clams casino for years now if they had known what it really meant: fresh clams topped with bread crumbs and bacon, and broiled until crispy.
What they still don't know is how fast and easy it is to make. This is the reason I love making this broiled clam dish for a dinner party appetizer — it feels special, but is so very simple.