Wednesday, December 13

Carrabba’s in Houston, Texas: A Chain Restaurant With Family Style

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Carrabba’s Italian restaurant has a backbone of traditional family recipe handed down from Grace (and not in the literal sense) as the owner’s mother to one and grandmother to another; who learned how to cook from her mother and mother in law Margaret Mandola when they immigrated from Sicily. The recipes have a mix of old traditional Italian and the new world and tried to keep it that way for generations.

The nice thing about Carrabba’s is that when you come in you feel the atmosphere as if you are dining with a large Italian extended family, the décor is simple yet elegantly crisp, however the prices of the place tend to be more on the higher side, if you can’t afford it, this is not an every day dinner.

The location in the city of Houston is central at 3115 Kirby and the hours of operations are Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

From their appetizers and soups and salads selection go with the cozze in bianco which are mussels steamed in white wine, olive oil, garlic and herbs for $14, or the lentil and sausage soup for $8 which is great for colder months or the insalata fiorucci which includes greens tossed with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, grilled eggplant and a hazelnut goat cheese for $11.

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