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.



Lemon Butter Sauce

Carrabba's Copycat Recipe

1/4 cup real butter
2 tablespoons cold butter
3 tablespoons minced yellow onion
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons dry white wine
salt and white pepper

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Then remove from heat and let sit until the milk solids settle to the bottom. Once milk solids settle skim the clear butter from the top and discard. Take 2 tablespoons of the clarified butter and saute onions and garlic until onions are golden brown. Once onion and garlic are sauteed, stir in lemon juice and white wine. Bring to boil. While mixture is about to boil, season  with salt and pepper. Once mixture is boiled let simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and swirl sprinkle cold butter until sauce is smooth and butter is melted. Serve over pasta or seafood.