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Employees of the Month – March ’18

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

Brett King

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce Brett King as our Employee if the month! Brett has been with us just shy of a year. In the year he has mastered all jobs in the Front of the house from driving, cashiering to even serving these days. Brett always has a smile on his face. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends or talking to his girlfriend that lives in Chicago! Brett is a true example of the Spinatos experience and for that we thank him!!!!

Awesome job Brett!

Kassandra Connelly

North Phoenix Location

Kassandra has been with us at Bell rd. for almost 2 years and she can do absolutely everything! She really brings a whole new level of teamwork and professionalism and has really inspired a lot of positive changes in our Bell road family. Outside of work she spends a lot of time in school and is passionate about math and science. Kassie has aspirations of moving into management and we know she’s going to be with us a long time. Say hi next time she delivers you a pizza or rings you up at the bar!

Thank you, Kassie, for being such an amazing team player and for all that you do!

Amber Sealey

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Amber Sealey is our Front of House employee of the month! She has been holding it down on the to go side since we opened our 7th St. location. She is a constant ray of sunshine and keeps us happy with her wry humor and the amazing chocolate chip cookies she bakes for us every morning.

Thank you Amber, keep up the good work!

Taylor Sienicki

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Taylor has been with us for almost a year now. He has master sauté and has been self-taught on salad, sandwich and ovens. Taylor is the definition of teamwork, staying late and helping everyone no matter what. He always has a smile on his face and a pleasure to work with!

Congratulations and keep up the great work Taylor!

Veronica Brennan

Scottsdale Location

Roni has worked with Spinato’s for 4 years and is such a huge part of our team! On her time off, she loves to play with her pets and prepare for her Comicon adventures!  She gets along great with all her family members and we can’t imagine a team without her on it! Roni crushes GSR shifts on Friday to help us out and then does an amazing job on the floor and bar the rest of the week!

Thanks for all you do, Roni! We appreciate you!

Cooper Faucett

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to announce Cooper Faucett as our Front of House Employee of the Month. He has been with Spinato’s for about a year. You may see him cashing out your order on the to go side our seating you on the dine in side. Cooper has such an enthusiastic, happy personality and you’ll always see a smile on his face. Make sure to congratulate him the next time you’re in! Outside of work, Cooper is a junior at Mountain Pointe High School and loves working on cars and skateboarding with his friends. We are honored to have him here.

Keep up the great work and way to commit to excellence.

Morgan Thomas

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to present our Heart of the House employee of the month to Morgan Thomas. She has only been with us for 3 months and is an outstanding employee. She is currently working Salad/Sandwich and runs these stations like a champ. Morgan is a very upbeat, happy, spirted young woman with a lot of compassion. When she isn’t at work, Morgan loves to spend time at the park with her son and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and tubing. Furthermore, she enjoys playing the guitar and writing her own music. She is all an around awesome lady and a pleasure to work with all the time.

Thanks Morgan for coming aboard and joining our Ahwatukee family.

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Employees of the Month – February ’18

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

Alec Gray

Tempe Location

Alec joined the team just a little than a year ago. He started as a prep cook. We have seen a lot of growth, both in the company and in Alec over the last couple months. Many times, our guest come up to us and tell us what a great job We’ve done, but the truth is, without an amazing staff, like Alec, there is no way we would be in the position that we in today. Congratulations Alec and on behalf of the entire Tempe Spinato’s team thank you for your excellent work ethic, professional attitude and all-around dedication to what you do. We couldn’t do it without team members like you.

Awesome job!

Ethan Joe

North Phoenix Location

This month’s Employee of the month is Ethan Joe. He has been with our company for 1 month as dish washer and he has done a great job at it. We are already considering other positions for him to learn. Ethan likes hanging out with friends and skateboarding. He is also working on graduating high school and going to college on a wresting scholarship.

Thank you for all you do!

Andrea Gutierrez

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

This month’s FOH EOM is Andrea Gutierrez! Andrea has been with us almost 8 months now and is killing it up front as one of our hostess’.  Andrea is currently in high school so she’s only here a few days a week, but her commitment to excellence is quickly moving her through the ranks to busser and cashier, and soon maybe even serving! Andrea may be a little quiet at first, but her bright smile and friendly personality will win you over when she’s welcoming you into our store.

Thank you for being a rock star Andrea!

Jason Groves

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Jason has worked with us since Sep 2015, He mastered every single station and became a Certified trainer. Now he is our Shift Captain because he is always keeping an eye on everything to deliver the best quality in our food, showing and giving support to the team, Jason has shown us commitment to success and great perseverance over these years. His passion are sport luxury cars. And now he is getting ready to enter and win the America Ninja Warrior!!

Great Job Jason!

Brandon Dongell

Scottsdale Location

Here is our employee of the month Brandon Dongell.  Brandon has been back with us for a few months now after taking a leave for a bit to try other things, but they always seem to come back to us and Brandon came back better than ever.  He jumped right back in to the pizza station and has been killing it working every aspect of making our great pizzas.  He has great attention to detail and has quickly become a leader back there for us.  When he is not here slinging pizzas he is at home spending time with the fam or playing video games.  Welcome back and keep up the great work.

Thank you for all you do Brandon.

Hannah Lewis

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Ahwatukee is proud to announce Hannah Lewis as our Front of House Employee of the Month! Hannah has only been a part of our family since this past November. She works as a cashier answering the phone, putting together pick up orders and cashing out our guests. She has a smile that is so big you can’t help but smile back. She is always in an amazing mood, ready to work and is very humble. She is currently getting ready to go back to school for her nursing degree and become a Physician’s Assistant soon after.

We are super happy and proud of you, Hannah ~ Congrats!

Minerva Zenteno

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee is proud to announce Minerva Zenteno as our Heart of House Employee of the Month. She has been with the company for almost 5 years now.  She holds down the salad/sandwich station Monday- Friday mornings.  We can feel when Minerva is not working a shift.  She has a wonderful and quite personality and that is what family is all about. Minerva loves spending time with her kids when she is at home. She is a true asset to our family here and we would be lost without her.

​Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

A Season of Giving

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A Season of Giving

2017 presented many ways for the Spinato’s family to give back to our community. Check out all of the opportunities we had to raise money for some wonderful local charities.

The Kenneth A. Spinato Foundation hosted its 7th annual golf tournament in November. The foundation aims to raise money for local children’s and veteran’s charities. This year, we donated $27,000 to Arizona’s Children Association and Sentinels of Freedom Arizona.

We enjoyed our ongoing partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and we were able to raise $6,600. We hosted two separate events: a poker tournament in July and Time to Shine for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

In September, we participated in Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Feed the Hungry event by donating $4,600 in meals to the homeless. Our team brought Spinato’s meals to the women and children at their facility at the beginning of the month. It was a great opportunity to see their space and learn more about how they help families in need. Towards the end of that month, we invited the men to visit our Central Phoenix location and enjoy a nice dinner out. It was incredibly rewarding to visit with these families and listen to their stories while sharing our passion with them.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we raised $500 for local organization Don’t Be a Chump Check for a Lump. The month of November is always a huge time to give back, and thanks to our generous guests, we were able to donate $3,710 for St. Mary’s Food Bank through our turkey drive.

Our gift certificate donations for 2017 reached over $8,000, which benefited local organizations. Our core values of Community is extremely important to us, and that means that whenever possible, we will support local organizations that improve our community. We are so grateful for everyone who volunteered at each event and our guests who contributed donations. Our incredible team brought forth awareness for these charities while continuing to deliver the first-class Spinato’s Experience.

We have a passion for supporting charities in our community. To request a donation or learn more about fundraising events, head over to our fundraising page.

Employees of the Month – January ’18

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Employees of the Month – January ’18

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

Tempe is proud to announce that Ana Villagomez is our Employee on the month! We know her better as Juliette! Juliette started over a year ago working as a cashier/Hostess for us and now you will most likely see her table side taking your food orders and getting to know you and your families! When Juliette is not at work she enjoys taking acting and leadership classes or hanging with her friends. She is a true example of the Spinatos Experience by always helping the team out no matter the case.

Thank you, Juliette, for all you hard work!!!

 

Sara Ulacco

North Phoenix Location

EOM for Bell rd. is Sara Ulacco. Sara does everything in the front of house. Depending on what day you come in you may see her behind the bar, answering phones or greeting our wonderful guests at the front door. Just recently Sara has begun learning to work in the kitchen on pizza line and on prep. She spends her free time creating elegant dresses and outfits for Comicon.

Thank you, Sara, for your dedication to teamwork and for always going above and beyond.

 

Rachel Hesselbrock

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Rachel Hesselbrock is our Employee of the Month for the Front of House at the Central Phoenix Spinato’s. Rachel is one of our family members that only works a couple shifts a week but who you wish could be there all the time. She started with the company almost 6 months ago and we are certainly a better establishment for it. If you’re lucky enough to have Rachel as your server on your next visit to our dining room, be sure to tell her congratulations.

Thanks for everything you do around the place, Rachel!

Carlos Canil

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

With almost 2 years in the company. Carlos is a great asset for the Spinatos Team. Always showing a great attitude in the field, skilled in Pizza line, Sandwich, Prep and Dish. He is a clear example of what Teamwork really means. We are lucky to have him.

Thanks a lot.

Jamie LaKind

Scottsdale Location

Jamie has been a part of our family for about 3 years now and is always willing to help wherever she is needed.  She is studying Psychology at school and on her free time enjoys EDM with her friends.  Her positive attitude is contagious and her fellow Spinato’s family members love working with her.  We look forward to seeing where her career takes her and hope that she is a part of our family for a very long time!

Thank you for all you do.

Ian Dawson

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

We have chosen Ian Dawson this month. Ian provides an excellent balance of professionalism and fun every day. He is flexible with his schedule and always willing to help his fellow employees. Ian has plans on being a fire fighter in the very near future and we know he will obtain it.

Thank you, Ian!

Maximilian Mudryj

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee is proud to announce Maximilian Mudryj as our Heart of House employee of the month.  Max has been with the company for 6 months now and is a great addition to our dish washing team.  When Max isn’t in school at Desert Vista High, he is out riding Go Karts or playing Dungeon and Dragons.

Thank you, Max, for your hard work and dedication.

2017 Tony Awards

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2017 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!

Michael Alesi

 

Tempe Location

Heart of House, Pizza Cook

Length of Service: 1 year

 

Kayci Riggs

 

North Phoenix Location

Front of House, Guest Service Representative

Length of Service: 2.5 years

Corey Ellis

 

Central Phoenix Location

Front of House, Delivery Driver

Length of Service: 2.5 years

Anthony Hill

 

Scottsdale Location

Heart of House, Prep Cook

Length of Service: 11 months

 

Mike Watson

 

Ahwatukee Location

Front of House, Bartender

Length of Service: 4.5 years

 

Employees of the Month – December ’17

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Employees of the Month – December ’17

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

David Walker

Tempe Location

Tempe would like to congratulate David Walker as our Heart of House Employee of the month.  David has been part of our family since June 2017.  David works the prep and dish area of the restaurant.  When he is not going to school at ASU, he loves to play video games and watch movies.  David brings a positive attitude and a great work ethic to our kitchen every weekend. 

Thank you for all that you do!

Bryan Ward

North Phoenix Location

Bryan Ward has been with the company for 2 years he is our choice for employee of the month because he is a great team player and has a great work ethic. There isn’t anything he can’t do when it comes to the kitchen. Bryan has a great personality and always has a big smile on his face. He likes hiking, going to the lake and being around friends.

Thank you, Bryan, for always doing your best.

Alex Tartaglio

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Meet our newest Employee of the Month for the Front of House at Central Phoenix, Alex! Alex has been part of our Spinato’s family for close to 5 years now. She’s always willing to lend a hand or cover a shift and you know you’re going to get 110% when she’s on the schedule for the day.  We’re lucky to have her on the team and hope keeps showing up to brighten our days for another 5 years.

Thank you so much for all you do, Alex!

Kris Schmid

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Kris is a one-man cooking machine. He transferred to the Central Phoenix location a couple years back, and we couldn’t be happier that he did.  Some afternoons, he might be the only guy back there, making the freshest salads, tossing a pasta to perfection, and cutting your pizza with laser-like precision. If you hear Weezer’s “Islands in the Sun” on repeat and someone singing along just a little off key, you’ll know Kris is on the clock.

Thanks for everything you do, Kris, and congratulations on being our Heart of House Employee of the Month! ​

Jake Powers

Scottsdale Location

Jake has been with us for over 3 years now and not only rocks the Heart of House, but he has also moved into rocking the Front of House!  He is an excellent team player and all of his family members love working with him.  He is always willing to help out and makes us all smile every day.  When not working you will find him in the gym, which makes him more than willing to drag heavy kegs around for us!

We love you, Jake and are so grateful for all you do!

Linda Frawley

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

This month’s FOH EOM is Linda Frawley! Linda joined us about 4 months ago when she moved here from Illinois and has been a Rockstar since day one. She moved here with the family she nanny’s for as well as to go to school for nursing, so she is one busy girl! Linda always has a positive attitude and everyone she works with adores her. Her commitment to excellence and taking care of our guests is evident as she never stops working hard from the minute she clocks in until she’s done for the day. We are so lucky to have you Linda and hope you stick around for years to come!

Thank you!

Justin Gilmore

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Congratulations to Justin, our newest pizza chef, who just made employee of the month. Justin has been working with us for almost three months. Justin has a morning job in construction and he comes to work at nights with us. Pizza menu was no problem for him to pick up immediately. He comes to work with a big smile and brings positivity to the team. During his free time, he likes to play video games and spend time with his love ones.

If you see Justin around, please congratulate him for everything he does. 

Employees of the Month – November ’17

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Employees of the Month – November ’17

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

Espen Schmierer

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce Espen as our Employee of the Month! He has been part of our family for a little over a year now. Chances are if you have ever ordered a delivery you have had the pleasure of meeting him. He is slowing making his way out on the floor by answering phones and helping cash guests out. When Espen is not at Spinatos or attending classes at ASU he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and pups.

Thank you, Espen, for you Commitment to Excellence. We could not do it without you!!!  

Savannah Ryan

North Phoenix Location

Savannah recently began training to become part of our management team at Bell rd. She works everywhere in the front of house on a regular basis. You can find her helping her fellow team members out with a big smile on her face. On top of being a fantastic team member she also became a mother this year and spends her time outside of work with her wonderful new family.

Thanks Savannah for your commitment to excellence and for helping make our Bell rd. location feel even more like family!

Alana Jardon

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Spinato’s of Central Phoenix proudly presents Alana Jardon our Front of House Employee of the month. Alana was just hired as one of our servers just 6 months ago. She always goes above and beyond with all our guests. She delivers the Spinato’s Experience to family after family when they are here to dine in with us. Outside of work she loves spending time with her kids and her family. Alana is a team player, positive attitude and very hard working. We truly appreciate all she has brought to our family in the short time she has been with us.

Thanks Alana, you deserve this award!

Talon Benally

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Spinato’s of Central Phoenix proudly presents Talon Benally our Heart of House Employee of the month. Talon has been a part of our family for almost a year now. He started off in the dish area and quickly moved to rolling out the dough for your pizzas. Outside of work he loves to skateboard and spend time with his friends. He is very compassionate and has a huge caring nature to all his family here. It is always a pleasure to come in and see his smiling face! You can always count on him to keep up the morale in the kitchen.

Thank you, Talon, for a job well done!

Joclyn Rozhon

Scottsdale Location

Joclyn has been with the company for close to two years now and has been a huge asset to our GSR team. She works super hard and gets along with her family members very well. Her favorite hobbies are playing with her dogs, Nica and Puddy! Joclyn is a senior at Desert Mountain High School and is undecided about what she wants to after college, but we know whatever she decides she will be extremely successful.

Thanks for being part of our family, Joclyn! Keep up the good work!

Employees of the Month – October ’17

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Employees of the Month – October ’17

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

Eduardo “Lalo” Martinez

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce Eduardo “Lalo” Martinez as Employee of the Month.  He has been with the company for 4 years now.  Lalo is currently one of our Leads in the kitchen and is working towards management.  When he is not working his second job, he like to go fishing.  Lalo is a key player Monday thru Friday​, he helps hold the kitchen together during our crazy morning business.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication.  

Adalen Applewhite

North Phoenix Location

This is the one and only Addy! She has been a member of the Spinato’s family for over a year now, but it feels like she’s been with us forever. You might have talked to her on the phone placing a delivery order or seen her smiling face as you walked in for a pick up. She attends Metro Arts High School where she loves to do anything with art. After she’s done with school she would like to travel and see the world. In her spare time, she loves reading and spending time with her family. Addy’s favorite part about working at Spinato’s is the family atmosphere and helping our guests, which shows because she has a caring nature toward every person she meets.

Great job Addy!

Eric Bradford

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Central Phoenix Spinato’s would like to congratulate Eric Bradford as our front of house employee of the month. Eric has been a part of our family October of 2015. Eric works in several different areas of our restaurant. If you place a pick-up order, come to dine in with us or have you table bused you are more than likely going to have the honor of meeting Eric. He loves to spend time with his girlfriend and family outside of work. We can always count on him to be there for us with a positive attitude and we honestly truly appreciate him!

Eric, you are a rock star – Thank you

Ernest Sanchez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Central Phoenix Spinato’s would like to congratulate Ernest Sanchez as our heart of house employee of the month. This is the second time that Ernest has won this award and deserves it. He has been a part of our family since July of 2016. We honestly never know where we will see him in the kitchen because he will help in every position in the kitchen. He shows commitment to excellence in every dish he creates for our guests. We can always count on Ernest to come in with such an amazing and friendly attitude. In his personal time, he loves spending time with his family and skateboarding. We truly appreciate all his hard work and dedication he displays every day.

Thanks Ernest again for your hard work – we truly appreciate you!

Kassandra Connelly

Scottsdale Location

Kassie has been with the company for a little over a year now and joined our Scottsdale family a few months ago.  She is such an amazing part of our family with a contagious energy and work ethic that makes us all want to work harder.   Her love of animals is obvious and her new dog, Thor, helps fill what little free time she has.  She is going to school for Actuarial Science and volunteers with numerous organizations to make a difference in her community.  Kassie truly does her best to enhance the lives of others every day. We appreciate all she does and are so blessed to have her part of our team!

Thanks, Kassie!

Kenya Coburn

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

This month’s FOH EOM is Kenya Coburn! Kenya is one of our GSR’s and has been with us just over 2 months now. Her older sister also who also works here brought Kenya in and she has been an absolute star since day one. Kenya is in her junior year of high school and will soon be taking some time off for track season, but while she’s here we’re going to make sure she gets all the recognition she deserves! Not only is Kenya extremely smart and a quick learner, but she lives our playbook every day by being a bright positive energy around the store and even showed her commitment to community recently by volunteering for our “Feed the Hungry” event. Her warm smile and friendly demeanor always make our guests feel like family and we hope she’s around for the long haul.

Thank you, Kenya!

Bennet Searle

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ben has been part of the team for a year and half. He started as Dishwasher and now he is working as a prep cook.  He is the one who makes our beautiful pizza crust almost every day. Ben covers shifts, works on dish and prep as the restaurant needs.  He always has a big smile, never complains, is a hard worker and very positive.

Thank you, Ben, for your excellent work ethic, positive attitude and dedication.