Joe Mancino’s grandparents used to sell large subway sandwiches to the sailors in port during WWI. The Mancino’s eventually opened a location where they could make their own pizzas and sandwiches, which came to be called grinders.
Today, the company operates a franchise. There are currently more than 70 Bellacino’s pizza restaurants around the country.
All Bellacino’s recipes for pizza and grinders were established by Samual Mancino, Sr., in the 1950s.
Bellacino’s states that they bake their pizza dough and bread for the grinders fresh every morning.
Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders maintains a corporate office in Portage, Michigan.