Damian Mandola

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2014

    Damian Mandola Arrested in Hill Country for Second Time in Three Days

    It's been a bad weekend for Carrabba's founder and restaurateur Damian Mandola. On Thursday, he was arrested in Hays County near Trattoria Lisina, a restaurant he owns in Driftwood. According to police records, the 61-year-old was booked into the Hays County Jail on April 3 after he was spotted dr ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The First Families of Houston Food: Why We Eat the Way We Eat in H-Town

    Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 2, 2012

    Do It Yourself

    Top five condiments to make at home.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    First Look at Mia's, the First of Carrabba's Three New Restaurants on Kirby

    While the chain of Carrabba's Italian Grill restaurants exists across the nation -- there are more than 230 locations these days -- the original Carrabba's itself was founded here in Houston in 1986. John Charles "Johnny" Carrabba III and his uncle, Damian Mandola, opened the first Carrabba's on Kir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Farm Living Isn't the Life for Damian Mandola

    Damian Mandola and his wife, Trina -- both notable Houston chefs and restauranteurs -- have found themselves in a spot of bother up the Hill County, where they currently reside on a ranch outside of Austin. That spot of bother? Allegations that they had three of their neighbors' Swiss mountain ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    The Cow Says "Oink"

    Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?

  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    Italian Bubba

    Damian Mandola -- a big man who's made it big

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Best Wishes

    Plus: RAD Is Bad, In God's Name, and Ay, Carrabba!

  • Dining

    May 4, 1995

    Steak and Potato Paradise

    If you can get past the silly surface, Outback delivers the goods

  • Dining

    January 6, 1994

    Working on the Chain Gang

    Carrabba's is cloning itself for national consumption. Has it kept its original flavor?