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.



Braised Swordfish

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 6

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1 (15 oz.) can imported Italian whole tomatoes with juice, crushed by hand
1 cup medium diced potatoes
2 pounds swordfish steaks, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup vin santo
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat about half of the oil in a saucepan, then saute the onions, carrots, garlic and Italian parsley for about 3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and cubed potatoes.  Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, until the potatoes are tender.

Heat the remaining oil in a separate saucepan. Season the swordfish with salt and pepper and lightly brown it in the pan.  Four on the tomato sauce. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, adding hot water if the sauce seems to be drying out. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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