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 Meatballs
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6   

4 cloves garlic
1/2 lb ground pork
2 eggs
3 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1 small yellow onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 cup olive oil
1 lb ground beef
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
salt and pepper
2 green onions

Combine all ingredients, except olive oil in bowl.  Roll mixture into 1 1/2" balls.  Pour olive oil on a 2" x 13" x 9" baking pan and place meatballs on top; swirl pan around to coat meatballs in oil.  Bake meatballs in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown, but not cooked completely through.  Remove meatballs from oil, drain on paper towels.  Remove all the oil from the baking pan.  Add your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce and return the meatballs back into the pan.  Bake for another 10-15 minutes to heat the sauce and finish cooking the meatballs.

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