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.



Tuscan Strawberry Salad


Wood grilled chicken or shrimp served over mixed greens, 
fresh strawberries, toasted pine nuts, red onion, tomatoes 
and crumbled gorgonzola in a strawberry vinaigrette.

Carrabba's Salad Vinaigrette
Copycat Recipe

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch black pepper
1/8 cup red onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
3/4 cup olive oil

In a blender container, combine the red wine vinegar, oregano, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion and garlic.Blend together while slowly adding the olive oil. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Makes 2 Cups.

Notes: Carrabba's Strawberry Vinaigrette is made with fresh strawberries, raspberry syrup and their vinaigrette dressing. To make this just add a bit of the flavoring of your choice into the blender.  Start with a small amount and taste to see if it is to your liking if not just a a little bit more at a time to get it just right.

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