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.




Pepper Jack Fondue

Johnny Carino's Pepper Jack Fondue
Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

1/2 cup melted butter 
3 cups heavy cream 
3 lbs Monterrey jack pepper cheese 

diced tomato
red onion 

Into a warm saute pan combine all 3 ingredients and allow cheese to melt into a smooth mixture Brown for Dice tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, red onions, basil. Combine into a mixing bowl and place on top as a garnish or toss into the fondue. Top the entire dish with Parmesan cheese.

Serve with toasted garlic bread.  Carino's offered this dish with a choice of crab, shrimp or chicken for an additional charge.

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