Damian's mother (Johnny's grandmother) Grace was born in Alexandria, LA in 1916. She learned to cook from her mother, Rosa Testa and her mother-in-law, Margaret Mandola, both from Sicily.
Grace loved to cook. Every Sunday the family gathered at Grace's house for the family dinner. Grace worked at one of the Mandola family restaurants in Houston until she was in her mid-nineties. Her recipes have been handed down for generations and are served daily at Carrabba's.