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.
Pear Gorgonzola Nut Salad
PEAR GORGONZOLA NUT SALAD
Carrabba's Italian Grill Restaurant Recipe
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup hazelnut oil
1 head radicchio, cored and torn into bite size pieces
1 head frisee, torn into bite size pieces
Belgian endive, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces, core removed
2 ripe pears, unpeeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch wedges
1 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped
Whisk the vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large salad bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil. Add all the greens and toss. Add the pears and Gorgonzola and toss gently. Sprinkle with hazelnuts. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on salad plates.
Serves 6 to 8.