George Minutaglio Jr. was a Vice President of Operations for Carrabba’s Italian Grill who passed away 2018 after battling pancreatic cancer. George’s deep passion for training and growing people seeped to the core of his personal principles and beliefs. These principles and beliefs perfectly aligned with those instilled by Carrabba’s founders Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola: that people are worthy of your best efforts and respect, that there is value in family and that people want to be a part of something they can be proud of.
George lived and breathed these fundamentals throughout his career. His legacy to maintain fully staffed restaurants, provide quality food and drink, exhibit blow-you-away service, create appealing ambiance, keep impeccably clean restaurants and thrive in community involvement will live on through the 20,000 adoring Carrabbamico’s he so selflessly led. George has left a permanent mark on Carrabba’s with these celebrated operational successes.
Through all the achievements George enjoyed in his career, it was mainly about growing people. Developing them, challenging them and having those fierce conversations that were difficult, but necessary made George an unparalleled leader. Everyone who knew George never wanted to let him down. When you thought you had enough ethics and integrity in your wheelhouse, George pulled even more out of you because he knew you could give more. A previous entrée named Pasta Georgio was created in memory of George Minutaglio. Carrabba's donated $1 of every Pasta Georgio sold to Moffitt Cancer Center* to enable George's legacy to live on and to help other families affected by cancer.