Todd and I took a trip to Central City a few weeks ago and had a really good meal at their Tuscan Steakhouse , Ardore. We both had steaks – which were really good – but the highlight of the meal was the appetizer, mussels a la diavola, served with grilled foccaccia – SO GOOD.
We were up valley yesterday and I decided to duck into the little gourmet shop and get some Mussels. At around $4 to $5 a pound, mussels are a pretty economical seafood around here. I stretched them a bit with some Shrimp I had in the freezer. My sauce was a little spicy – so I’m going to cut the red pepper down in the recipe below, but other than that – this was one of the better meals I’ve made lately. We served ours with Penne and it was perfect!
I started my sauce with a jar of Classico Marinara. You can make yours from scratch if you like, I didnt feel like it as it was getting late and I needed a but of a helper. I think this worked great. You can substitute your favorite sauce, the key is to find one that is truly tomato-ey and not too sweet.