Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.



Carrabba's Italian Grill Bread Dip Mix

Carrabba's Italian Grill is a chain of family friendly restaurants throughout the US offering above average Italian food. This bread dipping spice sauce is a real favorite. They serve the spices on a small plate and the waiter adds olive oil then you are set to dip your bread. This recipe is so easy and delicious you will come back to it time and again.


Measure 1 tablespoon each of the following herbs:

  • dried oregano
  • dried rosemary
  • dried basil
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • salt to taste
Combine the ingredients in a ziplock bag and crush. Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the dipping bowl, drizzle with olive oil and add a little fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional) if desired.
Dip warm fresh bread into the mixture and moan and groan with delight!!!
Note: If you do not have all the spices listed, you can substitute an Italian seasoning blend for the (oregano, rosemary, and basil). Add 3 tablespoons. Make sure to include the other spices


  1. They use fresh herbs, crushed with a liquid.

    1. Dry oregano, all else are fresh.
      They chop fresh garlic and then set it aside to dry some.
      When the garlic gets sticky they add the rest of the ingredients, that is why it looks crumbly.
      --used to be a kitchen manager for them.

  2. Lovely spice blend that can be used in so many different ways. Check my post on how i use it! I have little left from it so will def try this recipe, thanks for sharing