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.




Olive Oil Dip

Johnny Carino's Olive Oil Dip
Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons rosemary
2 teaspoons parsley
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
1 head garlic peeled and chopped

Blend spices and Parmesan cheese in a food processor until finely chopped. Add to olive oil. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lay chopped garlic on a baking sheet line with parchment paper. Roast garlic for 10 minutes and stir. Roast for another 10 minutes until garlic is golden and crispy, but not burned. Serve roasted garlic in a shallow bowl with spices and cheese for dipping. Add oil as desired when ready to eat.


  1. This is incredibly salty.
    I made it a second time without the salt and it was no different without the salt, still toooooo salty. I believe it's the parmesan that makes it so salty.