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.



Chopped Salad

Carrabba's Italian Grill Restaurant Recipe

6 ounces mixed greens, rinsed and dried
1 romaine heart, coarsely chopped 
6 ounces Genoa salami, sliced and cut into 1/4 inch wide strips
1 cup fontina cheese, diced
1/3 cup diced carrots
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup diced fennel
1/3 cup peperoncini, drained and coarsely chopped 
1/3 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the vinegar, sugar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil. Makes about 1 cup. (The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 week ahead, stored in a jar in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.)

Mix all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss well. Serve immediately.

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