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.
Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds prawns or large shrimp (heads on for the most flavor)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
In a bowl, combine and lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then pour the liquid over the shrimp in a baking dish. Let marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
For the shrimp in the marinade into a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, just until the shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes.