Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Dan Marino at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Wayne Grand Opening

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has a new location in the Garden State, and #HipNJ was at their grand opening with NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Dan Marino!

Dan- a partner in the very successful restaurant chain- met with legions of his New Jersey fans while graciously posing for pictures and signing autographs in the sweltering Wayne heat.  Afterwards, happy customers devoured Anthony’s “well done” pizza, tasty meatballs and one-of-a-kind buffalo wings!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with Dan and the important people that have brought this South Florida concept to- in our humble opinion- the pizza capital of the world!

“I love pizza, and I didn’t like the pizza in Florida,” explained Anthony’s Founder/CEO (and New York native), Anthony Bruno. “We opened up one of these in 2002 and did very well, so we decided to be the only ones to bring Florida pizza to Jersey.”

“Up here, you have a real legacy of good pizza, good Italian food.  So for us to come up here in “the belly of the beast” and do well says a lot about the brand,” added Anthony’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nicholas Castaldo.

What sets Anthony’s a part from all the other restaurant chains (besides its fresh ingredients and authentic recipes!) is the genuine support of its A-list partner.

“A lot of celebrities that  get involved in restaurants do nothing more than rent their name…but he’s a true believer.  He loves the food.  He eats there, his family eats there.  He loves the whole thing,” said Castaldo.

Controlling the enthusiastic crowd on July 23rd was the “leader” of New Jersey’s Miami Dolphins constituency, “Miami Mike” Minervini.

“Being next to Dan and celebrating today’s signing and the great new restaurant has been a blast,” exclaimed “Miami Mike”, who owns Miami Mikes Sports Zone in East Hanover.

Dan himself summed up the day best: “We had a lot of fun here in Wayne…it was great food, good people, and that’s all that matters!”

To learn more about Anthony’s, visit their website and watch our exclusive interview with #13!

Smythe Volvo Summit Grand Opening

Recently, we welcomed Smythe Volvo Summit to the #HipNJ neighborhood!

Smythe Volvo Summit’s grand opening celebration was fitting for their 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership and showroom (which is one of the largest Volvo retailers in the country!)

The event featured a selection of Volvo models, from the Jakob to the latest 2015 V60.  Guests sipped on cocktails provided by Hanger 1 Vodka Bar– courtesy of PURE Restaurant and Lounge– and snacked on light hors d’oeuvres provided by The Brownstone.  Madison High School‘s jazz and funk group, “Rhythm for Real,” provided groovin’ music to set the mood.

In addition to the classic cars, a number of Volvo executives from all over the globe were present, including Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO Volvo Car Group and Tony Nicolosi, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia spoke to members of the Smythe Volvo Summit family, including the President of Smythe Volvo Summit, Kevin Flanagan, and his father, Sean Flanagan Sr., who had been waiting for this day for 46 years!

Said Sean:  “We are happiest of all because this is a dream come true for us.  We have worked on this now for a number of years. We have been in Summit since 1966, and this is just our newest endeavor.”

Smythe Volvo Summit’s facility features lavish amenities such as a larger waiting room, indoor service drive and a full indoor pre-owned showroom. The addition of a larger showroom will allow for a larger display of Volvo cars, so customers will get to sample a wide range of options.

Not only does Smythe Volvo Summit have a passion for customer service, but they also strive to better the environment.  With the new installation of a solar roof over their parking garage, Smythe Volvo Summit is reducing their carbon footprint as well as decreasing their electricity intake.

For more information on Smythe Volvo Summit, visit their website or call (908) 273-4200.


North Jersey “Hippers”, strap yourselves in and enjoy the night of a lifetime!

Atlantic City is the premiere party destination in the Garden State, and the DO AC NIGHTLIFE experience makes the ride down the Parkway a lot more enjoyable.  Passengers enjoy a 45-foot “Nightlife on Wheels” bus fully equipped with a DJ, strobe lights and a stocked bar.  Once in AC, this joyride takes partygoers to a variety of top nightclubs.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia and her friends enjoyed this first-class adventure, and she chatted with some pretty excited partyers along the way, including Skeery Jones of the nationally-syndicated “Elvis Duran in the Morning”.  Skeery and his team wanted to see how their Jersey listeners celebrated the weekend, and they exceeded their expectations!

Once #HipNJ & crew hopped off the bus, their first stop was Scores.  Scores- located in the Trump Taj Mahal– is a sports bar with seven distinct spaces, each offering their own vibe to customers.  Our favorite spot was the spacious deck that gave us a stunning view of the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk!

Our final spot was Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly, located in the Revel Casino.  The Royal Jelly is known for its signature circular catwalk that glides down over the bar, and is the original burlesque club in Atlantic City.

The Atlantic City Alliance launched Do AC in 2012 to raise awareness that AC is more than just gaming; it’s a multi-night, world-class, year-round destination.

For more information on DO AC NIGHTLIFE, visit their website.