In this dish, raw mussels are combined with freshly ground pepper in a skillet over a very hot flame; they should be eaten piping hot. Liana DiMeglio of Liana's Trattoria in Fairfield, Connecticut, brought this recipe from Naples, Italy, years ago.
Put mussels and 1/4 cup water in a large skillet. Season with 1 teaspoon pepper. Cover, and cook over high heat, stirring once, until mussels open, 2 to 3 minutes. (Discard unopened shells.)
Transfer mussels to a serving bowl. Season with remaining teaspoon pepper, and drizzle with oil. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
The TV serves the mussels with Lemon Aioli.