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.



Linguine Pescatore

linguine pescatore

Carrabba's Linguine Pescatore
Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion,  finely diced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
3 prawns
2 ounces squid rings (or Sword Fish)
1 1/2 ounces cod
5 mussels, cooked, shell on
1/2 ounce baby clams
1/2 ounce baby shrimp
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon  sweet basil
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 ounces white wine
2 ounces heavy cream or 2 ounces tomato sauce
salt & pepper
4 ounces linguine, Cooked

Heat oil in a frying pan. Add garlic, chillies and onions, saute until softened, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the prawns, mussels and squid, saute 2 minutes and then add remaining seafood. Saute 1 minute and add herbs and wine. Bring wine to rolling simmer and add cream or tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper, heat to a simmer, add parsley and desired amount of hot cooked linguine.  Toss to coat pasta well. Serve immediately.

If you can use fresh herbs in this dish it really makes a difference.  You may substitute whatever seafoods are in season or available in your area to keep the cost down


  1. Did you at least try it? If so, did you like it, even though it's not exactly the same recipe, it could be an improvement? For one, it looks like it has more seafood, I like that...