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.



Arugula Salad

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 4

Red Wine Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of dried oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 bunches arugula leaves, washed and drained
4 radishes, washed, ends trimmed and sliced thin
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients except the olive oil. Slowly pour the olive oil while whisking until it is fully combined.  And the arugula and radishes to a salad bowl and toss well with enough vinaigrette to coat evenly.

Arrange the salad on individual serving plates and top each one with shaved Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.

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