The best pizzas, like the worst Elvis impersonators, are cheesy, saucy, and often live in cardboard boxes. Sink your teeth into a doughy classic with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of grinders and pizza at Mancino's Pizza & Grinders in Fond du Lac.
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders combines scratch-made bread and fresh, savory toppings to forge a warm bouquet of grinders, which were named Best Sandwich at Taste of Fond du Lac in 2010 and 2011. Multihued chandeliers hover like nosy rainbows over patrons entranced by the menu's 27 varieties of crusty excellence. The house-specialty italian grinder ($10.25 for an 18" sandwich) stuffs bills of ham, salami, sausage, and mushrooms into a freshly baked Italian wallet, and the seafood and crab grinder ($11.25 for an 18" sandwich) dons a seaworthy mozzarella mantle. Mancino’s chefs pile the hunger-questioning greek pizza ($12.49 for 12") with a generous layer of gyro meat, feta, cucumber sauce, veggies, and Socratic interlocution. A selection of more than 20 toppings allows free spirits to decorate dough canvasses ($9.49 for a 12" one-topping pizza) according to the eager prodding of mozzarella-festooned muses.
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders
The ovens at Mancino's Pizza & Grinders ripple with heat, distorting the sight of inventively topped pies and grinders that have won praise from Taste of Fond du Lac, whose winners are marked in red on the eatery's menu. Atop tables draped in red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, slices covered in seasoned beef and salsa imitate tacos, and beef, ketchup, and mustard help pies perfectly recreate the flavor of the Declaration of Independence. Delivery drivers rush past, testing their arm strength with 18-inch grinders, which spill forth toppings such as chicken fajita strips, salami, meatballs, and corned beef.