Best dishes countdown #33: Limoncello mussels at Italian Eatery

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People who serve mussels know where the real treasure lies.

It's not the tiny portion of meat that peeks out from within the shell. Instead, it's the briny liquor that leaks out upon contact with heat, and the way it magically melds with wine, butter, garlic, and lemon.

This broth is what a pot of mussels is all about. This, and the conviviality of ripping off hunks of bread with a companion, allowing the liquid to climb into it like a sponge, and doing it over and over again.

Italian Eatery has gone one further with this concoction by adding Limoncello, the boozy, powerfully lemony liqueur native to Italy's Almalfi coast. Grilled lemon leaves layer on the fruit significantly, then it all gets a restraining pull to the other end of the flavor spectrum with a ration of Tellicherry pepper.

This is one of the most perfect mussels preparations you're likely to find, and it will be nigh impossible to share. 

Italian Eatery 

4724 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

612-223-8504

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