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
2 pounds fresh mussels
1/2 cup white wine
3 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons Italian parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
crush red pepper flakes to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Scrape and de-beard the mussels. Place them in a pot with the white wine over medium heat and steam until they open. Discard any mussels that did not open. Drain cooking liquid into a bowl. Shuck the mussels and place them in the cooled cooking liquid, reserving the half shells.
In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, Italian parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes and olive oil. Mix until the breadcrumbs are moist, but not wet, adding a little cooking liquid if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
Place a mussel on each half shell and top the the breadcrumb mixture. Set the mussels on a baking sheet and pour the cooking juices on the pan. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.