Specialties Ciao and welcome to Carrabba’s where you can enjoy a casual dinner in a warm, festive atmosphere. Discover a variety of fresh, handmade Italian dishes cooked to order in our lively exhibition kitchen. Join us any night for our house specialties including crispy calamari, chicken marsala, tender filet, unique pasta dishes and handmade pizzas baked in our wood-burning oven. But your Carrabba’s experience is not complete until you’ve tasted the “Thrill of the Grill!” Fresh fish, seafood and meats basted with our special seasonings, grilled to your liking over our wood-fired grill and served with a variety of homemade sauces. Magnifico! History Established in 1986 Carrabba’s Italian Grill was founded in Houston by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in December of 1986. Both Johnny and Damian have extensive restaurant experience and belong to one of Houston’s most successful restaurant families. Many of the recipes on our menu are those of Damian’s mother Grace and sister Rose. Damian has preserved the Italian authenticity of Carrabba’s food by traveling the world in search of unique Italian dishes and by taking numerous trips to his grandparents’ native Italy. After many travels to the Houston area, Carrabba’s caught the attention of Aussie-themed Outback Steakhouse, Inc. owners. A joint venture partnership was formed in January of 1993. Under the joint partnership, 10 locations were opened in Houston and in Florida. In January, 1995, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. acquired the rights to develop Carrabba’s nationwide. There are currently over 200 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations.