Brick Oven Pizza, Fresh Dishes Featured At Mancini’s
May 22,2014 by DispatchAdmin
FENWICK ISLAND – Authentic Italian family recipes served at Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant have kept the Trattoria a successful year-round business for almost two decades.
Gabriel “Gabby” Mancini opened Mancini’s in Fenwick Island on Mother’s Day in 1995 to fulfill his dream of running an Italian restaurant. Prior to Mancini’s, he operated a sandwich shop, Beach Eats, in the 94th Street Mall for 13 years.
“I was 25 years old … I raised a family and saved my pennies,” Mancini said of the time he ran Beach Eats. “I had always wanted to open an Italian restaurant because I spent time in Italy, and I liked what I saw there with brick ovens, the quality of food and the ambiance.”
Mancini’s grandfather, Biagio Mancini, came to the U.S. in 1911 from a village in Italy, San Victtori del Lazi, and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he became a tailor but eventually moved to Baltimore.
“That is how my father came to Ocean City. Right after the bridge was built in 1953, my father built the Paddock night club in Ocean City, so I have a real long history in Ocean City. My father and mother loved it here,” Mancini said.
Mancini went to Italy in 1977 attending college in Bologna.
“They [Bologna] have some of the best food in Italy, and it was a great experience to be there and see it,” he said. “I was there for a year and when I came home all that was stuck in my mind for a very long time was ideas of things that I wanted to do and ways I wanted to do it … A lot of the recipes here [at Mancini’s] are family recipes.”