Tips To Make Your Grilled Meat Taste Like Authentic Italian Style

Whether you are steaks or brisket lover, you will agree that any type of meat gets an extra flavor when it is cooked Italian style.  As Damian Mandola, the co-founder of Carrabba’s Italian Grill puts it – Italian food is much more than just spaghetti and red sauce. The Italians have actually been grilling for centuries.When you want to grill a delicious meal that will have your guests raving, we would recommend that you marinade the meat well. It takes a little preparation in advance but a 30 minutes marinade will make your Italian grilled meat healthier and tastier.

Damian Mandola once revealed the secrets behind the mouthwatering delicacies at his restaurant. He said that the recipes were passed on by his mother and sister. So, if you wish to cook tender Italian grilled meat like the ones served at Damian Mandola’s restaurant, here are a few quick tips.

  • Allow the meat t rest for a while covered in a good marinade that contains herbs, spices and flavorings. When choosing a marinade, you must be careful about the flavor that will complement the food.
  • Make sure you drizzle some olive oil into the marinade as olive oil is the essence of Italian cooking. This will reduce moisture and prevent the meat from sticking on the grill.
  • Marinating the meat reduces cancer-causing agents because the meat is treated in the acidic environment. You may use lemon juice, vinegar, beer or wine in the marinade (as per your personal preferences).
  • Marinating also weakens the protein chains present in the meat so it becomes tender. However be careful to not let the meat stay in marinade for too long or it may turn mushy.


When you follow the above tips, your Italian grilled meat will taste like straight out of Damian Mandola’s restaurant. Your guests will keep guessing whether you prepared the meal yourself or ordered it from a restaurant.

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