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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Green Beans with Romano Crumbs



Carrabba's Green Beans with Romano Crumbs
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Italian-style dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
 salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Add the green beans and cook just until crisp-tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels. Toss the green beans and oil in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and Romano cheese and toss again. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread in a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Bake until the crumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

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