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 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.