Ask For It: Buona Vita’s Mussels Vaporetto


The mussels at Buona Vita achieve hearty flavor in a relatively light dish. Decadent and bursting with flavor, and served with a side of grilled bread to soak up all those juices, this dish is a guilt-free indulgence for your taste buds.

The mussels at Buona Vita are so delicious that I want to lick the bowl clean. The broth is decadent, especially with the briny bursts of flavor from the capers. Can you find out their secrets so I can re-create this at home? ~Sara Gardner, Charlotte, North Carolina

Yes Sara, we sure can! And we did- enjoy!buono vita

Buona Vita’s Mussels Vaporetto


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grilled bread for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and shallots and sweat.
  3. Add the white wine and mussels, and cover the pan with a lid.
  4. After a few minutes, check to see that the mussels have opened.
  5. When they have, scoop them out, leaving the liquid behind.
  6. Add the capers, lemon juice and tomatoes, and cook down to reduce the liquid by half.
  7. When reduced, add the cream and salt and pepper to taste, then pour over the mussels.
  8. Serve with grilled bread on the side to dip into the liquid.

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