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Scampi are spiny, hard shell crustaceans that resemble small lobsters more than shrimp, except that th...
 
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April 29, 2014
Scampi

Scampi are spiny, hard shell crustaceans that resemble small lobsters more than shrimp, except that they are powder pink in color, often confused here in America as shrimp. They are much prized in Italy and in the whole Mediterranean but not as abundant as they used to be. One of the most common ways to prepare scampi is to sauté them with garlic, onion, and white wine. You might recall finding on Italian menus "Shrimp-Scampi", since the same method was used by chefs in Italian-American restaurants here in America to prepare shrimp (gamberi in Italian), which were much more readily available here. So they were called “shrimp- scampi” and the name has stuck, meaning shrimp prepared in the style of the beloved Mediterranean scampi.