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Bellacino's re-opens in Barboursville

Nov. 24, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Many customers of the Barboursville Bellacino's were disappointed when the franchise closed abruptly this summer.

Thankfully for fans of the chain's pizza and jumbo-sized sandwiches called "grinders" the restaurant has re-opened under new management. The store officially relaunched Tuesday, Nov. 15.

"We acquired the location back in October," said Richard Mickel, owner of the Barboursville franchise. "We took a few weeks to renovate and clean everything up. Everything looks the same, but the building is a whole lot cleaner. We also went back to the original recipes."

Franchise owner Dan Warnaar, the son-in-law of restaurant founder Joe Mancino, was there to oversee the re-opening process.

"Before we re-opened there was a significant amount of clean-up, repair, and replacing equipment to get things ready. Richard put in a lot of elbow grease in cleaning things up and will be keeping it clean from here forth," Warnaar said. "It was a lot of work, but with help from technicians on certain equipment everything could be brought back to where it should be."

Mancino founded Bellacinos in 1997.

"His father had a bakery in the greater Detroit area," Warnaar said. "He had several brothers and sisters who all worked in the restaurant business. My mother-in-law Sandra Mancino took the bread recipe in the family and turned it into these sandwiches that are hard hot cooked. The family opened up some restaurants under the name 'Mancino's Pizza and Grinders' before deciding to take it up to another level. We chose the name 'Bellacino's' when we tried to turn it into a franchise format where we could maintain more consistency from unit to unit."

A caricature of Mancino is featured on the franchise's logo.

There are a few new additions to the menu. Customers can now enjoy 4.5-inch sized sandwiches, starting with pizza bread for $3.85. There's also a Sicilian square pizza with a garlic basted thick crust. A small cheese square pizza sells for $3.99 while a large cheese sells for $11.49.

"Our top five most popular sandwiches are the Italian Grinder, the Steak Sandwich, the Chicago Steak Sandwich (with garlic sauce), the chicken sandwich, and the chicken bacon ranch," Warnaar said. "My personal favorite pizza is a good old fashion pepperoni pizza, though our steak and chicken are popular toppings."

Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders is located at 3028 Champion Drive in Barboursville. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders and catering information, call 304-302-0555 or fax 304-302- 0552. For an online menu and company information visit http://bellacinos.com/.

If you go: Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders

Type of food: Pizza, grinders, salads.

Address: 3028 Champion Drive, Barboursville WV 25504

Phone number: 304-302-0555.

Payments accepted: Cash and all major credit cards.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.