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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!!! 

 

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Employees of the Month – October ’16

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

Eduardo has been at our Tempe location since 2014.  He left for a brief period, but came back to lend a hand.  He has recently taken on an early morning prep position and is doing an amazing job! His two favorite pastimes are sleep and work – sounds like a good day to us!

 

Thank you for your contribution to our family!

Zach Dornhecker

North Phoenix Location

Zach is a good ol’ boy from southern Ohio. He joined our crew about 5 months ago and has quickly become one of our strongest team members. He lives and breathes the Spinato’s Experience and makes it a pleasure for all of us to come to work. His commitment to excellence coupled with his Midwest charm are sure to brighten anyone’s day.

 

Thank you, Zach, for helping us provide fantastic food and service for all our awesome guests!

Alexandra Tartaglio

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

We love working with Alex!  She always comes to work with a smile on her face and upbeat positive attitude accompanied by a strong work ethic.  Alex is a great team player and takes initiative to ask if others need her help.  When she is not at work or attending Grand Canyon University, you may find her at Zinburger, the gym or spending time with her beloved yellow lab.

 

Thank you for your dedication, Alex!

Ernest Sanchez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Ernest has been with us for just over 3 months, but since day one we could tell there was something special about him. He is currently a student at Central High School and is working in our dish room. Ernest knocks it out of the park every shift – it doesn’t matter if it is a busy night, typical day or if we are short-staffed, he comes in and puts in 100%. When he is at home he enjoys watching the Cardinals and cooking, which is why he will soon be moving into the kitchen and learning to make our signature dishes! We are very excited to see what he can create and add to our already talented staff.

 

Great job, Ernest!

Madison Harper

Scottsdale Location

Madison, who was born and raised here in North Scottsdale, has been here with the Spinato’s family for almost 3 years now. She is a high-energy server and hostess that always delivers the Spinato’s Experience. Madison especially excels whenever we have a charity event or sales contest, we owe a lot of our charity contributions to her! Outside of work, Madison enjoys hanging out with her friends, spending time with her dog and going bowling with friends. What Madison loves most about working here at Spinato’s is the people she gets to work with and the guests she gets to serve. We truly value and appreciate Madison’s vast contributions to the Spinato’s family.

 

Way to go, Madison!

Nick Jones

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Nick is new to our family, he started with us about 2 months ago. He works as a cashier taking phone calls, putting together your orders and cashing you out with a smile. He is truly an asset to our family and we are very happy to have him on board with us. Nick is interested in growing with the company and we look forward to many years with him. If you happen to be one of the lucky guests to see him when you are picking up your order, please be sure to congratulate him!!

 

Thank you, Nick, you deserve this!

Vidal Chino

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Vidal has been part of our family for 11 years now! He is a rock star in our kitchen. He can handle all the stations on his own on any given day. He always has a smile on his face, and is a real joker with the rest of the team. There is not a task that Vidal can’t do or won’t do. He is our foundation here in Ahwatukee and perfectly represents our commitment to excellence.

 

Thanks, Vidal for a job well done!

Employees of the Month – September ’16

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Employees of the Month – September ’16

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

Allison

Tempe Location

Allison is truly one of a kind. She has been with our family for a little over a year and a half and we could not imagine a day without her bright, positive energy. Allison started off as a pizza cook but is slowly mastering every position from the kitchen to the front of the house. She really shows her commitment to excellence, integrity and teamwork throughout every one of her shifts. In her spare time Allison likes to play with her dog Casserole and go on all kinds of adventures.

Amazing job Allison!

Ryan

North Phoenix Location

This is Ryan, and he’s been our number one prep guy for nearly 6 months.  You might have heard him singing opera from our kitchen in the wee hours of the morning and his laugh is contagious.  Ryan is always looking for a way to get faster and better at his job, and his caring nature is obvious to all his family members.  When he’s not working he’s climbing mountains, as Ryan loves anything to do with the outdoors or music.  Ryan is soon moving back to Virginia to attend college for environmental science and he will be greatly missed!

Good luck in all you do, Ryan!

Will

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Will has been a seasonal face with the company for a few years now, and even though he has to leave every August and January for school in Seattle, his rockstar hosting skills continue to impress. His presence is definitely missed when he’s away learning! He is majoring in theater, so he is always a beam of positive energy and has a great sense of humor that makes working with him a blast. When it’s slow, you might catch him practicing his dance moves or making conversation with guests and family members around the store. His commitment to excellence, positive attitude, and teamwork mentality is really what sets him apart from the rest and he truly is the host with the most!

Thank you for all you do for us, Will!

Eric

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Eric has been with Spinato’s for over 3 years. He started out on the pizza line in our 12th St. and Glendale location. When we made the move to 7th St., Eric moved with us, to prep, where he now makes all the pizza shells, cuts our mozzarella and receives all our fresh products. He is the first person you will see in the morning and he is always smiling. Eric keeps up a great relationship with all of our vendors and is helpful to all new staff if they need help finding anything. Eric’s timeliness is unlike anyone else – even our managers race to try to get in before Eric, and we usually lose! Eric is one of the biggest team players we have – he will never tell utter the words, “It’s not my job.”  You can always find him lending a hand in the dish room or picking up a cleaning project. When Eric is not here, he enjoys watching sports and riding his bike around PHX. 

Thank you, Eric, for all that you do!

Roni

Scottsdale Location

Veronica (AKA Roni) has been with us for almost three years now, and works right up front as a GSR. She is our strongest family member at the door and has been responsible for training all that come through. Her commitment to excellence is second to none, and she will start as a server next month where she will no doubt impress us as well. Roni recently went out to San Diego to go to Comic Con where she got to see some of her heroes – little does she know that she’s our own superhero!

We appreciate you so much, Roni!

Ray Amador

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Ray has been with our family since 2013. He will always give you great service with a smile. He is very passionate about Spinato’s and his loyal guests. Ray has a great since of humor and always keeps us on our toes here. He likes computers and is a video gamer on his free time. He has even gone to Las Vegas for video competitions! If you see Ray, please be sure to congratulate him!

We’re lucky to have you, Ray!

Steve Smith

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Steve has been a part of our family for 2 years. He always works hard on our pizza line, and can make a beautiful and tasty pizza – every pizza, every time! He takes pride in making sure all pizzas are perfect for all our guests! His commitment to excellence is beyond anything we could ask for.

Thanks Steve for all your hard work and dedication!

Employees of the Month – August ’16

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Employees of the Month – August ’16

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

Juliette Villagomez

Tempe Location

Juliette is a breath of fresh air every time you see her! She always has a great smile and the best laugh! You can hear her “smile” when she engages our guests on a phone order! Juliette is always quick to show her appreciation, and she always gives the Spinato’s Experience to her guests and her team. Juliette enjoys movies, especially comedies (hence her love of laughter!), and loves to strike up some competition in a friendly game of volleyball.  We are so glad that Juliette is part of our family. She enhances our lives with her heartfelt enthusiasm. Thanks for always being there for us, your kindness and courtesy is second to none!

Congratulations, Juliette!

 

Kayci Riggs

North Phoenix Location

Kayci has been welcoming guests in the door with us for almost a year and a half, and we don’t know how we got along without her. She always is there to lend a hand and shows that she cares about each and every one she meets. Kayci is going to school for communications, but in her free time loves to go to the movies. If she answers the phone the next time you call for a pizza, congratulate her on a job well done!

Good job, Kayci!

 

Conan Zimmerman

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Conan has been with the company for over 13 years now! He is the definition of commitment to excellence and he lives and breathes teamwork! Whether he’s serving, bartending, or managing the floor, Conan is here almost every day – but when he’s not, he’ll most likely be playing music with his band, at a concert, or getting down on some sushi with his girlfriend or friends. He always has the backs of anyone he’s working with, his regulars absolutely love him, and he truly is part of the family. I don’t know what we would do without your amazing attitude and stellar work ethic. We appreciate everything you do!

Thanks Conan, you’re the best!

Carmen Martinez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Carmen started working on the pizza line 6 months ago, and quickly worked her way up to a full time family member that makes all of our daily prep items, sandwiches and, of course, is still making beautiful pizzas. It’s safe to say if you have ordered anything from our restaurant lately, Carmen has had a hand in making it! She comes to work every day with a smile on her face and will pick up any shift needed. Carmen has such a caring nature and has even “adopted” some of the younger team members while at work, offering to give others them a ride home, or stay late to make sure no one needs an extra hand. When she is not at work, she is at home with her kids helping them with school work – Carmen is always so selfless! We thank Carmen for all that she does and want to encourage her to continue to grow with us and develop our other family members.

Woo hoo, Go Carmen!

Alex Costello

Scottsdale Location

Alex has been with us for a year and a half working in the heart of the house (kitchen).  He is a daytime guy that has mastered prep, salads and sandwiches and due to his great work ethic, has just been promoted to being a lead in the kitchen for us.  When he is not at work making it happen, he is an avid gamer!  Congrats Alex, we are excited to see even more big things to come!

Keep up the good work, Alex!

 

Seth Jastrab

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Seth has been with our family for just over a year. He started off in our heart of the house rolling out pizza shells and getting saucy on our sauté line. Now you can find Seth in our front of the house, either mixing up signature cocktails or out on the floor delivering the “Spinato’s Experience.” Seth radiates positivity and is always willing to help out his team! With his caring nature, commitment to excellence, and desire to grow, we expect great things from this guy!

Keep it up, Seth!

 

Kristie Searle

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

In September, Kristie will have been with the company for 1 year.  She always shows up to work extra early and with a positive attitude.  She is an employee that you can count on to come in and cover a shift if another family member can’t work.  Her hard work and commitment to excellence has made her Ahwatukee’s newest lead cook.  Keep up the good work.

Thank you for all that you do!

 

RockSTAR – August ’16

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STAR stands for: Situation.Task.Action.Result!

The Spinato’s RockSTAR Award, implemented in March 2015, is an honor given to one restaurant manager each month that shows exemplary decision-making and leadership skills.

We select a manager who we believe has shown that he/she is able to confront a Situation or Task, take Action to handle the circumstances, and anticipate the impact (Result) of those actions taken. Our RockSTARs not only do what is expected of them, but go above and beyond when making decisions that affect not only themselves and the restaurant, but their employees and our valued guests.


Morgan Curley is another repeat RockSTAR winner – she took home the award in April of last year, and she has blown us away so much lately that we couldn’t NOT give it to her again!  Since last year, Morgan accepted a transfer to our Central Phoenix location on 7th St. & Missouri.  She has been killing the game as our Front of House manager, handling the position all on her own in the biggest store in the company.  She may be small, but she packs a big punch and can definitely get things done!

Morgan recently served on our Onboarding Committee, comprising several Family Members (employees) that spent literally MONTHS coming up with a perfect system of welcoming new Family Members to our restaurants.  We were amazed at how much time and effort this group put in, and the ideas that they came up with! Morgan was a huge part of this, and we can’t thank her enough for her participation, even on top of her fulltime management position.  Morgan is a shining example of our Core Values, and what we aspire our company to be. There’s no limit to Morgan’s potential, and we look forward to seeing the incredible things we know she can achieve for our company and our family. Thank you thank you THANK YOU Morgan, we are truly blessed to have you!

Morgan with our boss-man Ken Spinato