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Hot Grinders and cool atmosphere at Mancino's

By Chrysa Keenon | Echo

Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders has a welcoming atmosphere for its customers.

Let’s say this is you: you’ve tried all the grinders in the student center; you have them every night. They’re your favorite meal, but with only three flavors available, it’s just not as magical as it once was. You want to expand your grinder outlets, but just don’t know where to go. Well, you now know where: Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders.

This joint has the seating space for your wing with lovely neon lamps and walls lined with T-shirts of the restaurant a la Ivanhoe’s. A variety of one dollar bills with funny phrases and drawings line the walls just behind the cashier. There’s an open doorway which leads to Mancino’s Sweet Shop next door, which specializes in ice cream and other sweet things. If you have room for dessert, be sure to mosey on over there for some extra frozen dairy in your diet.

While this restaurant has pizza and other classic Italian foods, the grinders are where this place shines. You have the choice between a half or whole order, but don’t be fooled by the name “half.” The half orders are eight inches long, while the whole orders are sixteen inches. With all the ingredients packed into a half order grinder, you’ll get full faster than you might think. Half of the full orders range from $5–$6, while whole orders range from $9–$10. Here’s a tip: split a whole order with another person to split the bill!

Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders is located at 5492, 4116 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN, and is open daily from 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Pros:

There are so many potential taste-bud pleasers here, you’ll be coming back here more than once. The list of grinders has 30 options. There is also a list of pizzas that are appetizing, with salads and an extensive list of sides as well.

Cons:

Be careful what you order. The grinders are really messy and tend to fall apart due to all the ingredients — you need both hands to keep them in order. While this place has its class, it might not be a hot spot for a first date, unless you’re comfortable enough to get a little sloppy.

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