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.



Italian Meatloaf

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 6

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 fresh porcini mushrooms, finely chopped
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 cup finely chopped prosciutto
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
 In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, mushrooms, ground beef, eggs, cheese, prosciutto, garlic and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For the mixture into a loaf about 4 inches wide and 3 inches deep.

 Dredge the meatloaf and flour, shaking off any excess, and brown it in the olive oil over medium-high heat in a roasting pan that's just large enough to hold the meatloaf. Turn it carefully to avoid breaking. Pour in about half of the wine and set the meatloaf in the oven.

 Bake for 1 hour, adding the remaining wine whenever the pan becomes dry. Let the meatloaf cool slightly before slicing it and placing onto a warmed serving platter.

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