Second generation, South Jersey chef Anthony Marino has opened Marino’s of Mullica Hill inside Mullica Hill Commons Shopping Center, located at 157 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, NJ in early May.
The upscale casual restaurant with twenty-five seats serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The menu features thin-crust pizzas utilizing a 39 year-old family sauce recipe, traditional toppings, as well as ingredients from area farms in and around Mullica Hill. Hand-made strombolis, calzones, cheese steaks, sandwiches, soups, made-to-order salads, and authentic panini round out the menu.
A Culinary Institute of America graduate, 37 year-old Marino grew up making pizzas and strombolis at his father Joe Marino’s Pizza shop, which has been located on the Black Horse Pike in Runnemede, NJ since 1972. After graduating from the C.I.A., Anthony completed his externship at Chef Eric Ripert’s prestigious 3-star Michelin Le Bernardin in New York City in early 2002.
Anthony Marino considers himself a traditionalist with a minimalist approach to food. The lifelong New Jersey resident has traveled to Italy five times for research and inspiration. While immersing himself in the cuisine during a month long visit to Calabria in 2000, he fell in love with the concept of topping pizza with fresh, local produce.