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.
Carrabba's Italian Grill Restaurant Recipe
4 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, halved
2-3 large basil leaves, chopped medium
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dry oregano
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
loaf of artisan bread
extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss to mix, being careful not to crush the tomatoes. Set aside at room temperature for at least one hour to meld the flavors.
Slice bread of choice and brush with extra virgin olive oil on both sides (about a tablespoon on each side) and grill for about thirty seconds on each side. If grill is not available, you can put in oven at 400 degrees for 6 to 7 minutes on a sheet pan, turning halfway through.
Spoon tomato mixture on top of toasted bread and serve. Refrigerate any unused tomato mixture.