Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.

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Italian Chopped Club Salad

Fresh greens tossed with  Gorgonzola vinaigrette and topped with sliced grilled chicken, smoked bacon, pepperoni, Gorgonzola cheese, Asiago cheese and Roma tomatoes with garlic toast.

Carino's Gorgonzola Vinaigrette
Copycat Recipe

Makes 1 Cup

1 cup Chianti
1 tablespoon chicken stock
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
3/4 teaspoon chopped shallots
3/4 teaspoon chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon chopped rosemary
3/4 teaspoon chopped sage
3/4 teaspoon chopped chives
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
pinch of black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Gorgonzola cheese, grated
7 tablespoons olive oil



In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat and reduce the Chianti to 1/4 of its volume. Pour into a mixing bowl; whisk in chicken stock and vinegar. Add sugar, garlic, shallots, herbs, salt, pepper and Gorgonzola. Let steep for 30 minutes. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

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