Review: Bellacino’s Pizza & GrindersAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Carmel, IN
Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders
12590 North Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
Bellacino’s is a small pizza and grinder franchise with several locations throughout the city and also throughout the country. Along with pizzas and grinders (obviously), they also offer salads, pastas, wings and a few other smaller items.
Spurred on by a recent Eversave (one of the many growing number of clones/competitors for Groupon) offer for the Carmel location, I decided to give it a shot for my first visit ever.
What I Got: Reuben Grinder Combo (served with 22 ounce drink and cole slaw); $8.34 + tax.
The Bellacino’s Reuben consists of “Tender corned beef piled high, lots of sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and cheese.” Being the amateur Sherlock Holmes that I am, I can confirm that all those toppings were on the grinder, although the descriptions of the amount of corned beef and sauerkraut may have been a bit of an exaggeration. It was definitely on there in a fair amount, but nothing about those amounts could be considered “piled high” or “lots.” Oh well, I’m splitting hairs. The sandwich also came with a pickle in addition to the cole slaw that came as my side (not pictured).
As far as taste was concerned, they nailed this one pretty well. The corned beef was tender and flavorful, the sauerkraut had that wonderful bite to it that good sauerkraut seems to have. The Thousand Island dressing was just regular dressing out of a bottle, not that I was expecting anything different. What added an interesting and positive twinge to the sandwich was the fact that Bellacino’s oven bakes their grinders. The oven baking melted the cheese, added a crispiness to the sauerkraut and made the bread delightfully crunchy. When you mixed all these things together, you come up with a pretty solid grinder. The only negative, if you can call it that, was that this sandwich was very messy, so grab some extra napkins. As more of a personal preference too, the addition of spicy deli mustard would go along way to making this grinder even more of a winner. Overall, it wasn’t the best Reuben that I’ve had in my life, but it was a very satisfying Reuben and that’s all I was really asking for when I went there.
The cole slaw was homemade as well and was fresh (they had to make it for me since I was one of the first customers of the day). It was crunchy and added a nice cool refreshing taste to the tangy taste that was brought on by the sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing of the Reuben.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, I would. Bellacino’s isn’t exactly near my neighborhood, so I don’t think I’ll go there often, but if there is one in your neighborhood, I would encourage you to visit. They have an extensive grinder menu and it looks like their variety covers pretty much all bases. Give it a shot if you are ever looking for a pizza, grinder or both!