A recent conversation about Johnny Carrabba’s Memorial-area home, soon to be listed for nearly $19 million according to Walter Bering of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, left us with a lingering question: “Is it worth it?”

One particular feature put us over into the 'yes' category: The 1,000-plus bottle wine cellar almost certainly makes it so.

The European-inspired villa at 526 W. Friar Tuck can be yours if you care about multiple fireplaces, coffered ceilings, and marble countertops and have a spare $18.95 million. Owned by the Houston restaurateur behind Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Mia’s, and Grace’s, the Memorial estate sits on over 1.5 acres and boasts more opulent features like Venetian plaster behind double glass-encased front doors.

A perfect example of Tuscany meets Texas—complete with a stone-walled bridge and a 12-foot custom glass chandelier—will stun guests, while an oversized gallery can easily house 10 round tables for any celebration (or Italian family gathering).

Head outside for continued entertainment with a kitchen, air-conditioned loggia, flat screen television, speakers, and a resort-style pool. Spend some time in the herb garden or practice your swing on the manicured putting green. And, of course, it's all less than 10 miles away from the original Carrabba's on Kirby Drive.

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Grace's

$$$ American/New American 3111 Kirby Dr.

Houston restaurant giant Johnny Carrabba added Grace's to his empire as a tribute to his grandmother, Grace Mandola. The menu has something for everyone and ...

Carrabba's

$ Italian Multiple Locations

The national chain began as a family-owned restaurant on Kirby Dr. It's still there, after more than 30 years. Head to the original for dishes you won't see ...