When he was 11 years old, Anthony Marino hid in the back of his father’s Italian restaurant in Camden County, awaiting his chance to place a freshly made pizza pie into the huge oven.
Since those early days, Marino continued to develop a love of cooking and is preparing to open his own Italian restaurant in Mullica Hill.
Marino’s of Mullica Hill, a kind of “son” to Marino’s Pizza in Runnemede, will soon open its doors, introducing Marino’s pizzas, sandwiches, strombolis and coffee bar to Gloucester County.
“I live in Mullica Hill and wanted to do something different and its always been my dream,” Marino said of opening his own restaurant.
Marino, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, completed his externship at Chef Eric Ripert’s three-star Michelin restaurant, Le Bernardin in New York City, where he met up with former classmate Marco Lentini and soon became the chef and partner for Lentini’s Gia Pronto restaurant.