Foods That Are a Complete Waste of Your Money at Italian Restaurants

2. Shrimp scampi

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Shrimp scampi is much lighter in Italy. | iStock.com

Go ahead. Order shrimp scampi in Italy, and see what you get. It won’t be a bowl of buttery pasta with some shrimp on top, that’s for sure.

The New York Times reports traditional Italian menus do have scampi available to order. But they are really small lobster-like crustaceans (also called langoustines) that are sautéed with olive oil, garlic, onion, and white wine. U.S.-based Italian cooks swapped in cheaper, more readily available shrimp and added a bunch of pasta to fill you up. But in truth the original is a lot less calorie packed.

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