Dear SOS: Giuseppi’s in Pismo Beach is a wonderful Italian restaurant popular with locals and tourists. The menu changes regularly to feature seasonal dishes. A couple of months ago, I ordered mussels in sambuca from the appetizer menu. It was delicious. There are only a few ingredients in it, besides fennel and sambuca. I would like to know the proportions so I could repeat this tasty dish. Could you get the recipe?
Pine Mountain Club, Calif.
Dear Carolyn: Chef Giuseppe DiFronzo was happy to share his recipe for this simple dish. Mussels are steamed in an flavorful blend of fresh fennel, garlic, leeks, cream and white sambuca, the anise-flavored Italian liqueur. He recommends serving the mussels alongside plenty of crusty Italian bread and a cold glass of Vermentino or Albarino.