Photo Release -- Carrabba's Italian Grill(R) Pairs Classic Favorites and New Creations

Also Enjoy TLC's Next Great Baker Winning Dessert

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TAMPA, Fla., July 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carrabba's dish has paired their classic favorites with new creations to deliver comfort and adventure– all on one plate. For a limited time, Carrabba's Italian Grill® Classics & Creations features four perfectly matched combinations with a soup or salad starting at less than $15.

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"This is the perfect way for guests to explore our new entrées and still enjoy their favorites," said Danielle Vona, Chief Marketing Officer for Carrabba's Italian Grill. "It's really the best of both worlds."

Classics and Creations include the following pairings:

Chicken Bryan & Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – one of Carrabba's most requested items alongside pork medallions, wood-grilled and topped with a port wine fig sauce;

Lasagne & Pollo La Scala – the classic pasta dish served alongside sautéed chicken finished with white wine, mascarpone and a roasted red bell pepper sauce;

Chicken Parmesan & Baked Ravioli Parmesan – a sautéed chicken favorite paired with panko breaded ravioli filled with five Italian cheeses, lightly fried then baked and topped with a pomodoro sauce, romano and mozzarella cheese;

Sirloin Marsala & Mahi Wulfe – a wood-grilled favorite alongside lightly breaded mahi, wood-grilled and topped with artichokes, sundried tomatoes and a house-made basil lemon butter sauce.

Also new at Carrabba's, the winning dessert from TLC's Next Great Baker, which airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c. During last night's episode, David and Elaine Duran competed against six other teams to reinvent the Carrabba's Grilled Tuscan Pound Cake. Duran's Divine Pineapple Poundcake features the Tuscan Pound Cake topped with pineapple sauce, house-made whipped cream coconut shavings and a garnish of fresh strawberries and rosemary leaves. As challenge winners, their creation will be served at 240 Carrabba's restaurants across the nation, starting today while supplies last.

To find the nearest location or for more information about Carrabba's Italian Grill,® visit www.carrabbas.com. A Classics and Creations video is available here.

About Carrabba's Italian Grill®

Offering authentic Italian cuisine passed down from our founders' family recipes, Carrabba's uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Pollo Rosa Maria and Chicken Marsala in a warm, festive atmosphere that feels like home. For more information about Carrabba's, please visit www.Carrabbas.com, www.Facebook.com/Carrabbas or www.Twitter.com/Carrabbas.

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

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