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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Marinated Zucchini


Marinated Zucchini

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 8

12 small tender zucchini
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 small red onion
10 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes to taste

To prepare: Wash zucchini thoroughly, then cut off both ends. Slice the zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Line a sheet pan with paper towels. Heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a large skillet over a high heat until very hot.

When oil is hot, fry zucchini slices in batches without crowding a pan, until golden brown. Remove zucchini and drain on paper towels. When all zucchini are cooked and drained, transfer them to serving platter. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Finely chop garlic, red onion and mint together on a cutting board. Place in a small mixing bowl. Add remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and vinegar, salt pepper and red pepper. Pour mixture over zucchini and let marinate for 1 hour.

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