General Information - The History of the Grinder and How We Got Our Start
The term "Grinder" can be traced back to the East Coast, where, during WWII.. read more Italian immigrants setup sandwich shops close to the shipyards. Their freshly baked Italian rolls were filled with generous amounts of meats and cheeses and were then baked and garnished with lettuce and tomato. These super-sized sandwiches were a favorite of the hard working men who ground rivets off the warships. The friendly shop owners referred to the men as grinders and the ever popular sandwiches also came to be known as Grinders.
All our recipes were established by Samual Mancino Sr. in the 1950's near St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The original concept is still prevalent in all the Bellacino's shops today. The original recipes and good customer relations have never changed.
The Bellacino's team insists on providing products which are high in quality, generous in portions, and superior in freshness. We will never compromise our quality for gimmick or profit.
Today you'll find numerous Bellacino's locations throughout the US. Please use our interactive map to find, and then visit a Bellacino's near you! Check out our News and Announcements to find out if a Bellacinos will be arriving in your neighborhood in the near future. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact us.