Our Story

The term "Grinder" can be traced back to the East Coast, where during World War I, Italian immigrants set up sandwich shops close to the shipyards.  Their freshly baked Italian rolls were filled with generous amounts of meat and cheeses, and were then baked and garsihed with lettuce and tomato.  These super sized sandwiches were a favorite of the hard working men who ground off rivets on metal warships.  The friendly shop owner referred to these men as grinders, and the ever-popular sandwich also came to be known as a grinder.


We at Bellacino's pledge our guarantee to provide generous poritions, superior quality, and fast and friendly service.  Short on time does not have to mean short on variety or flavor, but just the right blend of convenience and satisfaction.  We will never compromise our quality for gimmick or profits.


Joe Mancino



Presently there are Bellacino's located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.