Any successful business demands a solid foundation. At Bellacino’s that foundation is built on dough – pizza and bread dough that is.

“If you have a good base you can build on it. That’s one of our slogans,” said Valerie Worley, who with husband, Craig, continues to build success at their Town & Country Bellacino’s franchise. “Our foundation is our dough, which we make from scratch and bake fresh everyday. Other sandwich/pizza shops don’t bake from scratch anymore. Most get in frozen dough. We’re here at seven in the morning making our pizza and bread dough up fresh every day.”

Topping the best-seller pizza list is Bellacino’s Chicken Alfredo, built on its signature homemade New York-style crust, painted with a creamy rich Alfredo sauce and layered with marinated broiled chicken, onions and a four-cheese blend. Carnivores will appreciate Bellacino’s Meat Eater, piled with pepperoni, sausage, ham, beef and bacon. Gourmet and thick crust pizza fans won’t be disappointed in the Sicilian Square Pizza, featuring a garlic-basted handmade thick crust.

All pizzas, no matter the style are made to order and customized to taste.

“We have one customer who likes her pizza to come with a pickle,” Valerie said.

Sharing the menu spotlight are grinders. Counted among the 27 different grinder varieties available are the Italian Grinder, the House Specialty based on a traditional mix of ham, salami, sausage and veggies; the Chicken Bacon Ranch; the Chicago Steak – thin sliced ribeye smothered with mushrooms, onions and cheese; and the Crab & Seafood Grinder, a customer “top pick” stuffed with chunks of seafood and dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese and mayo.

“We’re the only store that has its own signature grinder, the Gyro Grinder,” said Valerie noting that the Gyro Grinder was their own creation, a grinder that gained the blessing of Bellacino’s corporate headquarters.

The lighter side of the menu includes grinders made with fat-free cheese and light mayonnaise. Hearty entrée salads can be customized with a choice of steak, chicken or seafood. Even side salads, which pair nicely with one of Bellacino’s appetizers such as wings or toasted ravioli, are made to order. All are served with a dressing of choice, including the house-made Ranch – a dressing which some customers order for take-home by the quart.

“The entire menu is a menu of deliciousness,” said Valerie. “We have a good product, and being able to serve people a good product makes us happy.”

Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders

13951 Manchester Road

(Manchester Meadows Shopping Center)

Town & Country, MO 63011 • 636-527-0222

Dine-in, carryout, delivery and catering

11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday;

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday

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