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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Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

6 ounces (8 cups) spring green
1 celery heart, about 6 ribs, cut crosswise into ¼ inch-thick slices
1/2 cup small yellow tomatoes
1/2 cup small red tomatoes
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half vertically, discard center, but crosswise into 1/8-inch thick half moons
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup pitted and coarsely chopped Kalamata olives
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups croutons, optional

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt & pepper, to taste

Make the vinaigrette by whisking together red wine vinegar, basil, garlic, and oregano in a small bowl or mason jar with lid. Whisk in the oil gradually, season with salt and pepper. Store dressing in the refrigerator while you make the salad.

Toss the greens, celery, tomato, fennel, onion and olives together in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss again. Top with cheese and croutons, serve immediately.

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