Imperata di cozze peppered mussels is a traditional food in Naples that is easy to make as well as delicious. All you do is steam the mussels open and serve them with a grind of fresh pepper and the liquid released while they cook.
Imperata f plural imperative a food item in which the main ingredient is heavily peppered. In almost all regions of Southern Italy, you’ll find grilled ocean-fresh seafood, such as fish fried in olive oil. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot,” features hearty seafood dishes such as stewed or grilled mussels, octopus, and fish.
Shellfish can concentrate Vibrio as they feed and if the shellfish are eaten raw these bacteria can make you ill. Eating raw or undercooked shellfish when Vp. bacteria at high levels can cause flu-like symptoms known as gastroenteritis (diarrhea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills.
Storage is not recommended.
If you prefer, you can add a few tomatoes to the mussels and enjoy a delicious sauce!