All About Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is a staple in many Italian restaurants (including Li'l Rizzo's!), but what exactly is scampi and how did it become such a popular menu item? In honor of Shrimp Scampi Day (April 29), your favorite Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks went into the history of this delicious dish and our favorite way to prepare it, so you can come in and celebrate this weekend.

What Is Scampi?

Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells (also called langoustines.) In Italy, they're traditionally prepared by sauteeing them with olive oil, garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the United States, shrimp was swapped for scampi, but the dish kept both names. Scampi in the United States is now just associated with the seafood dish.

Shrimp Scampi Around The World

Shrimp Scampi is prepared differently depending on what region you are in. Here are a few of the different ways the same dish is prepared.

United States
In the United States, shrimp are broiled or sauteed and served with garlic, butter and wine. A popular variation of this dish is made with chicken instead of shrimp.

United Kingdom
In Norway, the dish is prepared with lobster covered with batter and deep fried. In Great Britain and Ireland, it's considered fried shrimp served with chips.

In Greece, Shrimp Scampi is considered baked shrimps served with Parmesan cheese.

Li'l Rizzo's Shrimp Scampi

At Li'l Rizzo's, you can be sure to find all your favorite traditional Italian favorites, including Shrimp Scampi. If you want to celebrate Shrimp Scampi Day, but don't want to cook it yourself, come on into the best Italian restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. For our version of Shrimp Scampi, we sauteed shrimp, green onions, tomatoes and fresh chopped garlic in a delicate wine stock and toss it together over a bed of angel hair pasta. We're getting hungry just thinking about it! Head on over to Li'l Rizzo's and order yourself some Shrimp Scampi to celebrate this delicious day.

Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day at Li'l Rizzo's

Join Li'l Rizzo's Saturday, April 29 for National Shrimp Scampi Day! We have a delicious version of this traditional Italian meal that's perfect for celebrating. Even if you aren't a shrimp lover, we have a ton of other tasty dishes that you can enjoy from chicken parmesan to spaghetti and meatballs. We even have non-Italian dishes like burgers and chicken tenders, so there's truly something for everyone at our family-friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We hope to see you soon!

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