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.

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Chicken Gratella

Carrabba's Chicken Gratella
Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

1/2 cup fresh basil leaf
1/4 cup garlic clove
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
3 lbs chicken breasts


Place the basil, garlic, mint, salt, pepper, and oregano in a mortar and pulverize until mixture turns into a paste.  Place the paste in a glass jar and add the olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar. Refrigerate. Before using, bring to room temperature and shake well. The sauce will hold in the refrigerator for two weeks. Lightly coat the chicken breasts with herb garlic sauce on both sides, season with salt and pepper to taste and place on hot grill. Cook until done.  Coat with the herb garlic sauce mixture when serving.


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