Barry Maurillo was born and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. Being part of a close-knit Italian American family, Barry followed in his father Nicholas’ footsteps, making the community an important part of his life and career. Nicholas Maurillo was the proprietor of J&N Amoco on Franklin Avenue for over fifty years and was very involved in the community.
Barry became serious about the restaurant business at a young age, and he and his brother, Joseph, founded their first business venture together in 1989. So began The Hop themed restaurants and nightclubs. Four locations and many successful years later, Barry decided to diversify his focus and concentrate on the catering end of the business. In 1995, Barry and his brother opened up the renowned Crystals Caterers and Nightclub in Lyndhurst with their current partner, Vito Cucci, also of Nutley.
Today, these three gentlemen are the proud proprietors of Nanina’s In The Park of Belleville and The Park Savoy Estate of Florham Park. Nanina’s and Park Savoy continue to uphold the stellar catering reputation they have earned for over fifty years. When Barry and his partners took over the facilities, they embarked on multimillion-dollar renovations that have made Nanina’s In The Park and The Park Savoy prominent catering venues and famous community landmarks. After the success of Nanina’s in The Park, the partners entered into a new business venture with Nanina’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces. The wide variety of sauces are currently available in supermarkets throughout the tri-state area.
Barry Maurillo makes being an active member of many community organizations a top priority. In addition to his daily responsibilities as an owner and hands-on operator of Nanina’s In The Park and The Park Savoy, Barry has made the time to serve as past Vice President of Nutley Central Little League and past President of Nutley Youth Football. Between the two, he has coached Nutley children for over 14 years. Barry is also a member of the Nutley Unico chapter, Nutley Elks, The Third Half Club, and Nutley Football Boosters. He was voted in 2007 Columbus Day Parade Business Man of The Year, 2008 Catholic Charities Humanitarian of The Year, 2008 New Jersey State P.B.A. silver card lifetime member, Essex County Chiefs of Police Distinguished Service Award, Italian Tribune’s La Famiglia Award, Belleville Italian American Civic Association Award for Leadership, the 2012 Man of the Year from the Italian American Club, 2013 Essex County Italian Heritage – Stars of Essex Award, the 2013 John V. Kelly Memorial Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, and the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year from the East Hanover Italian American Club.
Barry and his wife Sally have been married for 32 years. They have four thriving sons; Barry Jr. 28 married to Brittany, Anthony 26, and twins Vincent and Dominic, age 24. All the boys excel in academics as well as sports and have been brought up to give back to their community. Additionally, Barry Jr. is a compliance manager at Grant Thornton, Anthony is the beverage manager at The Park Savoy Estate, Vincent is a student at Rutgers University, and Dominic is a student at Lehigh University.
In 1993, Barry’s brother Joe started a non-profit foundation to aid handicapped and underprivileged children and families in the surrounding communities. From the beginning, Barry has supported the Cheer Me Up Foundation as a member of the board of trustees. He is actively involved in the planning and execution of all the foundation’s events, as are many Maurillo family members. The Cheer Me Up Foundation touches the lives of over 3,000 children annually.
Whether it’s catering, civic service, or charitable endeavors, Barry Maurillo encompasses the professionalism, experience, and personal care that reflect his family and community values. With pride and dedication in the community that he has prospered in, Barry continues to serve and carry on a family tradition for generations to come.