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Marino’s of Mullica Hill Opens in Mullica Hill Commons

Hand-Made Pizzas, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups and Panini Utilizing Locally-raised Produce Coming to Historic South Jersey Community

Second generation South Jersey chef Anthony Marino has announced the opening of Marino’s of Mullica Hill inside Mullica Hill Commons Shopping Center, located at 157 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, NJ in early May. The 2,100 square foot upscale casual restaurant with twenty-five seats will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The menu will feature 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 will 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.

While at Le Bernardin, Marino met up with former Triton High School classmate Marco Lentini, and became the chef/consultant partner for Lentini’s Gia Pronto fast-casual startup. They launched their first store at 38th and Spruce, on the Penn campus, in 2003. They then added additional locations at 20th and Market, and a flagship restaurant inside The Pearlman Center For Advanced Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. Marino and Lentini grew Gia Pronto significantly over the past seven years. “It was a very rewarding labor of love”, quipped Marino. “But I left Gia Pronto to pursue my dream of opening a restaurant steeped in the traditions of my family history.” Those principles include utilizing the best ingredients possible, and treating every customer like they are a member of the family.

In addition to Marino’s traditional menu, Anthony will create seasonally-inspired “Off the Menu” options which will change regularly. The “Off the Menu” selections will include two sandwiches and a pizza inspired by locally grown or raised products. On opening day, Marino’s featured pizza will be a bianco topped with Mullica Hill raised asparagus, smoked Scamorza cheese, fresh parsley, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Featured sandwiches will be a spoon tender beef cheek Bollito with salsa verde and chili sauce; and Speck ham from Alto Adige with Taleggio cheese, sun dried tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil on ciabatta.

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. Marino’s of Mullica Hill will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The restaurant will include a small café with an Italian espresso bar featuring Philadelphia’s La Colombe coffee. Menu prices will range from $4.25 to $8.25 for sandwiches; $6 to $8 for made-to-order salads; and $9 to $20 for pizzas, which can be baked round or square.

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Read about Marino’s in the Gloucester County Times

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