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

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!

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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