The restaurant is called Mancinni’s for a unique reason. Mike and I are Irish-American and English, respectively. Our surnames being Winsch and Daley have more the ring of a plumbing firm than coal oven pizza restaurant; therefore, those were out. A name that has some sentiment rather than a generic moniker was important to us, so I had suggested Mancinni’s.
Terry was born October of 1942 in Camden Town, London. In the mid 1970’s Terry Mancini played football in England at two first division clubs, Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers, and he played his international football for the Republic of Ireland. Where along the line he got the Italian surname Mancini, I really couldn’t say.
I am a lifelong Queens Park Rangers supporter and once in a while would drink in a Hammersmith, West London pub called the Golden Gloves, an establishment that happened to be owned by Terry’s father, Alf, and cousin, Tony Mancini. I had recently discovered from my Dad that my Granddad, Jim Daley, also used to drink in Gloves many moons before me and was in fact an old acquaintance of Alf Mancini.
Armed with all this knowledge I pitched to Mike the history of an Englishman that played football for the Republic of Ireland and carried an Italian last name was enough for us to christen this Montclair, New Jersey, restaurant Mancinni’s. Simple.
Now although Jim Daley never got to see the restaurant I’ve a feeling he would raise his half a Guinness over the name and be quietly glad that he is still a big part of it all.
We hope you enjoy the place.
Paul and Mike.