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Employees of the Month – March’17

Congratulations to our seven employees of the month. Your hard work and dedication makes you true ambassadors of “The Spinato’s Experience”.

Ana Villagomez

Tempe Location

We have selected Juliette “Ana” Villagomez as our Employee of the Month.  She is that smiling face our guests see as she opens the door to welcome them to Spinato’s.  Juliette continues to grow in her role at Spinato’s, starting as a cashier, she has now cross trained as an ESP and her guests love her!  Always stay positive and continue to be an exceptional role model for your peers. We so enjoy working with you and hearing that funny and contagious laugh you have.

Thank you, Ana, for your Commitment to Excellence!

Sara Ulacco

North Phoenix Location

Meet Sara! She has been a part of our family for over a year and a half and she has become a valuable part of the team. She has done everything from greeting you in the door to taking your to go orders, but now a days you’ll most frequently find her behind the bar. Sara is always willing to go the extra mile for her guests and family members and has a passion for giving great service. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping and playing video games, but she is going back to school for dance education.

We love having Sara as a part of our family.

Ed White

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Central Phoenix is proud to announce Ed White as our Front of House Employee Of the Month. Ed is our Master Mixologist behind the bar. Ed has been a part of our family for over 3 years now. He has created countless memories for our guests. His commitment to excellence and his passion for Spinato’s are second to none. He has a heart of gold, and smile you can see from across the room. When you get the honor to see Ed the next time you come in, please be sure to congratulate him!

Thank you, Ed, for everything you do for our family and guests!

Francisco Lopez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Central Phoenix is proud to announce Francisco Lopez as our Heart of House Employee of The Month. Francisco, also known as “Pancho” has been with our family for 5 years now. He works in our kitchen making the delicious pastas in our sauté’ area. He has an infectious smile and personality that could brightened anyone day. We are very honored to have him as a part of our family and thank him for many years passion he has brought to Spinato’s. When you order pasta remember if it was made by Pancho it was made with love.

Thanks, Pancho, you deserve this award! Congrats!

Cabryn Peugh

Scottsdale Location

This is our employee of the month Cabryn Peugh.  Cabryn has been with us for 5 months now working on the pizza station, he picked it up quick and has been steady as a rock for us. He has moved around for us and is ready for some tougher challenges.  When Cabryn is not pumping out pizza with us you can find him behind the drums for his band Black Swan.  He has been a welcome addition and look forward to his bright future.

Rock on Cabryn!!

Camdon Six

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Our FOH EOM is going to be Camden Six. Camden has been with us about 6 months now and has quickly worked her way from hostess to cashier. Her bubbly, outgoing personality has made her an absolute pleasure to work with and she always leaves our guests with a smile on their face. Her positive attitude and Commitment to Excellence are going to take this young lady far, both here at Spinato’s and in life!

Thank you for being part of our family Camden we love you!

Jack Barendrick

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Congrats our March EOM to Jack Barendrick. Jack has been part of the family for a year and three months. This is Jack’s second EOM!! Jack brings teamwork to our kitchen. He is our main sauté cook and works in all kitchen positions. Jack is always helping others without being asked. He can sauté, make pizzas and help on prep at the same time, he’s a Superman.

Thank you for your caring nature and commitment to family!

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Employees of the Month – February ’17

Congratulations to our seven employees of the month. Your hard work and dedication makes you true ambassadors of “The Spinato’s Experience”.

Jordan Sampley

Tempe Location

Jordan has been with us for almost 6 months now and has become a vital part of our guest service representative team. When Jordan is not dazzling our guests with her polite and charming personality you can find her on ASU campus studying for her construction management degree. Jordan is always positive and dependable and is going places in life!

Thanks for all your hard work!

Avery Sanowski

North Phoenix Location

Avery has been with us for just over a month and already she has become an important part of the Spinatos Family. You might find her answering phones for your delivery orders or greeting you at the door and showing you to your table. She is currently a sophomore in high school and in her spare time loves to dance (anything from hip hop to ballet).  Avery is a Phoenix native and we are so lucky that she has decided to make Spinato’s her home.

Keep up the great work!

Keiko Murakami

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Keiko Murakami has been in our family since November of 2013. With a heart of gold and a passion for all our guests you may see her serving you the next time you come in to dine with us. She is nothing short of passionate, honest and hard working.  She always gives our guests the Spinato’s Experience, guest after guest! No matter how busy or slow it might be you will never catch her complaining or not having a smile on her face.  We look forward to working with her for many years to come!

Thank you, Keiko, we are very proud to give you this award!

Carlos Canil

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Carlos has been with us just over 6 months. He is always willing to help at any station, any day. The staff treats him as he is the little brother we all have ever wanted. He makes each day fun and enjoyable. Carlos works mainly on the pizza line but any given day you can see him rolling out the dough helping on dish or learning how to make sandwiches. While he is still in high school and considering college for engineering he still finds time to work and help out his parents with his 5 younger siblings!

Thanks Carlos for all that you do for us and your family! 

Nick Smith

Scottsdale Location

This Nick Smith our employee of the month.  Nick has been rockin’ pizza with us for about 8 months and has excelled at all aspects of making our pies.  He is very dependable and a fan favorite with a great attitude.  He has really stepped up his game lately and earned this first of probably many EOM titles.  When Nick is off work and not busy attending school, you can find him at the bowling alley knocking them down or shooting hoops.

Thanks for all you do Nick!!

Spencer Erjavic

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Congratulations Spencer Erjavic! Spencer started with us a few months ago, as a dishwasher and even though he was killing it back there, his friendly personality and knack for customer service made him a natural for the front of house. Now he’ll be the smiling face greeting you at the door and welcoming you into our home. Spencer shows his commitment to excellence every day by going above and beyond to serve our guests by doing whatever we need – washing dishes, bussing tables, hosting, he does it all!

Thank you for always delivering the Spinatos Experience!

Cody Rogers

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

This is Cody’s second time as Employee of the month. Cody has been here for almost a year. Cody was hired as dishwasher and now he is one of the best pizza cooks. He displays good work ethic, always on time and helps others without asked. But the main reason Cody become our employee of the month is that he displays our family core values; Family, Commitment to Excellence, Community and Diversity. Cody is a very humble person and always hungry to learn more every day.

Thank you, Cody, for everything you do and enhancing the lives of others. 

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Employees of the Month – January ’17

Congratulations to our seven employees of the month. Your hard work and dedication makes you true ambassadors of “The Spinato’s Experience”.

Matt Klamka

Tempe Location

Matt has grown so much with this company starting from a pizza cook at the Ahwatukee location to AKM at Tempe and the Central Phoenix location.  After a brief hiatus, he is back and is an amazing pizza cook.  Matt is committed to excellence in all aspects of his life and work.   He always has a positive attitude and caring nature.  Matt is one of our best trainers and cherished aspect of our kitchen.  In his free time, he likes watching anime, writing entries for his blog, photography and hanging out with his beautiful girlfriend.

Thank you for all that you do Matt!  We love you!

Zach Miller

North Phoenix Location

Zach has been working at Spinato’s for quite a few months, and was doing a fantastic job providing exceptional service in the Front of house, then when we needed someone to step up and take some additional hours in the kitchen he was happy to oblige. Zach is a very responsible young man and has really brightened the lives of both his Spinato’s family members and the guests that he serves when he is working in the FOH.

Thank you Zach for all of your hard work and for your commitment to excellence!

Jalen Stouffer

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Spinato’s of Central Phoenix proudly announces Jalen Stouffer as our Front Of House Employee of the month! Jalen has been with our family for three months now. He is one of our bussers, and buses tables faster than lighting. His commitment to excellence is over and above what we would have ever expected. He is always smiling and lights up the room when he walks in. We are so happy and proud to have him as a part of our family! Please be sure if you see him to give him the congratulations he deserves.

Thanks Jalen for all your hard work and we are proud of you!

Zach True

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Central Phoenix names Zach True as this month’s Employee of the month. Zach has been a part of our family since August of 2013, through the past 3 years he has been a stable in the HOH he is someone you can always count on. He works in our Prep department rolling out all the dough for every pizza that comes out of the HOH. Recently he himself has started to roll out of the HOH and into our FOH as a GSR with his bright big smile at the door to great every guest. Zach has been an even bigger part of the HOH as he has stepped up and shown his caring nature taking on extra shifts to help through the holidays. When Zach is not at work, his is still working hard with his heavy metal band where is plays guitar.

Thank you, Zach, for all that you do keep it up!

Taylor Keim

Scottsdale Location

This is our employee of the month for January, Taylor Keim.  Taylor has been with us for about a year and a half, she is an esp and a bartender.  Taylor always comes in with a huge smile and a great attitude and loves it when we are busy, the busier the better.  When Taylor is not here making it happen, she is very busy with school getting great grades.

You are the best Taylor, thank you.

Seth Jastrab

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Seth Jastrab is January’s Employee of the Month! Seth has only been with the company for a short time but in that time has shown that he’s capable of anything!! He started in the HOH as a prep cook in order to work up to bar tending. He is now one of our top servers. His funny and charismatic personality makes for one of the finest Spinato’s Experience’s that we have to offer. On his days off he loves to take out the motorcycle to relieve some stress or just relax at home and play video games.

Thank you for being amazing Seth!!

Anthony Licko

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Congratulations to Tony! Tony is  been selected as the employee of month!!

Tony is been here for only three months with us!! He is a machine!! We appreciate the effort and the time you have put into your job in the last three months. Since you have joined as an Prep cook, you have displayed great enthusiasm to learn and grow professionally. You have been working hard! Tony has been on point with everything that he does.

Thank you, Tony, for enhancing the lives of others, so we can provide exceptional food and service to build memories for our guests! 

2016 Tony Awards

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2016 Tony Awards

The Tony Award, named for the late Tony Spinato, is an award given to one member of each restaurant who best exemplifies what Grandpa Tony stood for. He was a quiet, humble, hardworking man who came to work each day with the goal of commitment and service to the team, without expecting any recognition. He did the dirty work without complaint, and always gave his best to the guests, even after his retirement. His grandson Anthony Spinato describes Tony as, “The guy that you didn’t always know when he was there, but you could always tell when he wasn’t.” In his memory, Spinato’s Pizzeria began giving out Tony Awards at the annual company Christmas party in 2004. The winners of this award are some of the most reliable, committed and modest members of our team. They work diligently, knowing the impact they have without needing to hear it, just as Tony Spinato did.

To the winners of this award: we salute you. You keep this company running the way Grandpa Tony would have wanted it. 

Congratulations and thank you for all that you do!

Lalo Martinez

 

Tempe Location

Heart of House, Prep Cook

Length of Service: 2.5 years

 

Ty Barker

 

North Phoenix Location

Heart of House, Dishwasher

Length of Service: 2 years

Ed White

 

Central Phoenix Location

Front of House, Bartender

Length of Service: 3 years

Carmen Gutierrez-Martinez

 

Central Phoenix Location

Heart of House, Pizza Cook

Length of Service: 10 months

 

Roni Brennan

 

Scottsdale Location

Front of House, Guest Service Representative

Length of Service: 3 years

 

Bert Rubio

 

Ahwatukee Location

Front of House, Server

Length of Service: 3 years

Bennet Searle

 

Ahwatukee Location

Heart of House, Dishwasher

Length of Service: 9 months

The Spinato’s Annual Christmas Party

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The Spinato’s Annual Christmas Party

We had so much fun at our annual Christmas Party on December 5 at Camelback Inn. We got together as a family (with spouses, too) to celebrate the holidays and look back on the year. It was our chance to say a huge thank you to all 315 of our family members, and we closed all store locations so everyone had the opportunity to attend.

The Christmas Party is when we announce our Tony Award Winners. Managers from each store select 1-2 employees who embody Grandpa Tony’s legacy and award them with a $250 gift card. We also honor five-year anniversary family members with a Spinato’s watch and 10-year anniversary family members with an expenses-paid vacation.

Managers also honored their individual teams with handwritten Christmas cards for every employee that contained their annual bonus. It was day of positivity, family and warmth. We’re already looking forward to next year’s party.

A Season of Giving

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A Season of Giving

On November 5, 2016, Kenneth A. Spinato Foundation hosted its 6th annual golf tournament. Created in 2009, the foundation raises money for local children’s and veterans’ charities. This year, we supported Arizona’s Children Association and Sentinels of Freedom. We raised $27,000 for the two organizations just from the tournament!

We are so grateful to our family members who came out on their days off to volunteer at the tournament VERY early in the morning. They showed a continuing commitment to the community and delivered the true Spinato’s Experience on the course that day. Since KASF was founded, our annual golf tournament has raised more than $130,000!

We also raised almost $4,000 during the Cards for Kids fundraiser the first week of November. Cards for Kids gives gift cards to students from Title 1 schools so they can treat themselves for the holidays. And our gift certificate donations for 2016 totaled more than $8,000, benefitting nearly 200 local charities.

Request a donation for your local charity on the donations tab of our contact page.

Old Family Members, New Positions

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Old Family Members, New Positions

We’re excited to announce two new general managers, Matt Foy at our Tempe location and Morgan Curley at our Ahwatukee location. Both Matt and Morgan were promoted from hourly positions to salaried positions, and we’re so proud of their accomplishments!

The pair worked their way up from server and kitchen positions when they first started at Spinato’s to general managers. We’re always happy to see our company’s training and development help employees advance in their careers, and that our environment provides opportunities for growth. We believe it’s what makes us an employer of choice, meaning our family members are eager to work here build careers for themselves, with us.

Interested in a career with our family? Check out our current openings.

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Employees of the Month – November ’16

Congratulations to our seven employees of the month. Your hard work and dedication makes you true ambassadors of “The Spinato’s Experience”.

Jerry Caldera

Tempe Location

Jerry goes again! Jerry is a long time veteran to Spinato’s and has been doing an amazing job since day one. He is not only reliable but a strong worker who not only works in our kitchen but also SFK. On top of that you will never ever hear a peep of complaint. If you ever need a good laugh or a random fact, he’s your guy!

You are greatly appreciated!

 

Andrew Dorsey

North Phoenix Location

Andrew has been with us for a year this month! His commitment to excellence and his dedication to constantly improving himself and those around him have made him our certified trainer on pizza line. He is also proficient in every other station around the kitchen. Outside of work Andrew enjoys relaxing at the lake with his Bell Rd. family members and doing some fishing.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

 

Nicholus Hinshaw

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Although Nick has only been with us since July 17, 2016, he is the epitome of the type of family member we want on our team.  Though exceptional guest service can be a difficult thing to train, we are lucky to have Nick because he already possesses the essential qualities of promptness, courtesy, enthusiasm, and an attitude of cooperation and professionalism.
Nick has been so successful in this role as a GSR that we will soon be cross training him as a delivery driver.

Thank you for being a role model and part of our family!

 

Austin Bourgeois

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Does he look familiar? Well he should, Austin is a 2 time Employee of the Month winner in the past 6 months! Austin has been a driving force in the Central PHX HOH for over 3 years, he has mastered all the stations. Austin is training to become a Shift Supervisor while he is still going to school full time to become a Physical Therapist. If he can find the free time between work and school he enjoys being outdoors hiking the Grand Canyon, out on the lakes or just driving around with his friends. Austin work ethic is by far his greatest strength. He is our positivity bug in the whole store you can’t help but smile when you see him working his station.

Congratulation on being AWESOME!

 

Cody Newman

Scottsdale Location

Cody is the Employee of the Month here at Spinato’s North Scottsdale for October as his contributions to our team are something that cannot be overlooked! Cody is one of our family members that can work at every single station in our kitchen! We have been blessed to have Cody as a part of our family for over 4 years now and value his vast contributions.  In his free time Cody loves to listen to electronic music, hang out with friends, play video games and attend concerts. His bubbly personality is contagious throughout our restaurant and our family would not be the same without him. We truly appreciate everything Cody brings to the table for our family here in Scottsdale and look forward to growing with him in the future!

Great job Cody!

 

Camden Six

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Camden Six is our Front of House Employee of the Month! Camden has been a part of our family for 3 months now and in that short time she has grown so much. She is the smiling face you see when you come in and will brighten your day on the way to your table. She is always in a good mood, positive and humble! The next time you come in and dine with us, you will know right away if she is the one that is greeting you because she will light up the room. If you see Camden, please be sure and congratulate her because she deserves it.

Thank you for a job well done and being a part of our family!!

 

Pablo Nevarez

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Spinato’s Ahwatukee proudly proclaims Pablo Ivan Nevarez for our Heart of the House employee of the month. Not only is an amazing addition to our team, but you definitely know when he is not here! He is most known for his bright smile and the dedication he has to our work family.  He is such a joy to have and is definitely making a name for himself within our family here in Ahwatukee.

Thank you for always doing a great job!!!