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.
When chefs and restaurateurs look at food trends to determine what types of new dishes to create – ‘comfort food’ always tops the list. What exactly is ‘comfort food’? Well, I think it includes the type of items that we all grew up on and have on a regular basis, especially at home and at family functions that involve food. My role as a chef is to take these sorts of food ideas and make them unique, delicious and fit the Carino’s menu that our guests can appreciate. That is the basis for the new Crispy Pepperoni Burger – Think of it as an Italian Cheeseburger…..my version has San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and fried pepperoni. We get our bun from a delicious Italian bakery and the meat is a half-pound Black Angus chuck patty.