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.



Mozzarella, Tomato, Pesto Bruschette

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
6 (1/2-inch) slices Italian bread
6 slices mozzarella cheese , trimmed to fit bread slices
3 tablespoons basil Pesto
6 (1/4-inch) slices Roma tomato
julienne fresh basil, for garnish

Mix butter with garlic and garlic powder. Spread butter mixture over bread slices. Place a slice of mozzarella on each piece of bread. Place a slice of tomato on each slice of mozzarella. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of Pesto over each slice of tomato. Place bread on a cookie sheet and bake in a 500 degree F oven for 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Sprinkle basil over the top.

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