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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Margherita Pizza



Carrabba's Margherita Pizza
Copycat Pizza

Makes 1 Pie

store bought pizza dough
semolina, cornmeal or whole wheat flour for the pizza peel
extra-virgin olive oil for brushing
5 ounces fresh whole milk mozzarella, thinly sliced and cut into 2-inch pieces
1½ ripe plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices
8 to 10 fresh basil leaves, torn or coarsely chopped
freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Place baking stone on the rack and preheat the oven to 550°F, allowing at least 30 minutes to reach this temperature. Evenly sprinkle a pizza peel with semolina.
Shape the dough into a 12-inch round. Transfer to the pizza peel. Brush the dough with olive oil. Arrange the mozzarella and tomatoes evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the perimeter
Slide the pizza off the peel onto the stone. Close the door immediately and bake until the crust and the underside is browned (use the peel to lift the pizza and check), 8 to 10 minutes. Use the peel to remove the pizza from the oven and transfer to a carving board. Sprinkle with the basil. Let stand for 3 minutes Season with the pepper, if desired. Using a pizza wheel, cut the dough into wedges and serve hot.

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