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.

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Baked Fennel


BAKED FENNEL                  
Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Served 4-6

4 bunches fennel bulbs only, tops and bottoms trimmed
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the trimmed fennel in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. Cool and slice 1/2 inch thick from root to top.

 Transfer the fennel to a baking dish. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and cheese. Spread out in a dish and bake on the top rack until the cheese is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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