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.



Shrimp Scampi

Carrabba's Shrimp Scampi
Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-20 count)
2 sticks butter, melted
1/4 cup scallion, (white part only); chopped
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3/4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped fresh
1/8 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup dry plain bread crumbs
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide shrimp among 2 6 inch oven proof casserole dishes. Combine butter, onion, parsley, lemon juice, garlic and wine to make garlic butter. Ladle mixture equally over shrimp in each dish.

Combine bread crumbs, basil, oregano, garlic salt and garlic powder. Sprinkle evenly over shrimp in each dish. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until shrimp are golden brown and butter is bubbling.


  1. Wrong!!! I've been to Carrabba's many, many times and this did not even come close to their scampi. Sorry. I was wishing that it did.

  2. Not even close. Sorry but they have a white colored thick sauce the mix with sautéed shrimp. That sauce is amazing. This is the shrimp scampi I want

  3. Not the recipe! Where are the asparagus, roasted red peppers and crab? And what about the bread? Not even close. Shrimp Osiel is not just shrimp scampi. The menu descriptions says it is lightly breaded and fried, not topped with bread crumbs. This recipe sounds pretty good and I might try it, but it is not Shrimp Osiel by a long shot.