What Does Scampi Mean?

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Scampi is the Italian word for a prawn. It is also the name of an Italian-American dish called shrimp scampi that makes regular appearances on American restaurant menus and refers to broiled butterflied shrimp that have been brushed with garlic butter or oil (and sometimes a splash of white wine). American shrimp scampi is served over pasta or with bread to sop up the juices.

The Brits make their own typically health-unconscious version of scampi — battered, deep-fried shelled tail meat that is eaten with tartar sauce.

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