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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. 

Employees of the Month – September ’17

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Employees of the Month – September ’17

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

Tommy Olson

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce that Thomas Olson is the Employee of the Month.  He has been a part of our family for a little less than a year now.  His passion for making pizzas really shows in the quality of his work.   In his off time, Tommy likes to practice on his drum set.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Matt Reardon

North Phoenix Location

Meet Matt, he has been with us a little over 7 months now. We love having him as part of our family. He spends most of his time here delivering hot pizzas right to your door, but he also answers the phone and runs the register when he is in the restaurant. In Matt’s free time, he loves to play video games and is very excited about football season starting up. He has been saving up to buy his own house and someday would love to move into a management role. Matt’s favorite thing about Spinato’s is the pizza but the family atmosphere is a close second.

Thank you, Matt, for everything you do!!!

Tecoyit “Shea” Scales

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Tecoyit “Shea” is our Front of House Employee of the Month for September. He started delivery driving for the Central Phoenix location back in April, and has quickly become a key player on our team. This dude is always hustling, always helping, and always singing out loud when he thinks there’s no one around to hear him. Shea comes in every single day with a positive attitude and a smile on his face.

Thanks so much for everything you do around here, Shea!”

Magdalena Mejia

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Magdalena (Malé) Mejia is this month’s Employee of the Month.  Malé has been a part of the Spinato’s Family for over 10 years now. She usually starts her day around 3:00 AM to get her family prepared for their day and then comes and joins her other family here at Spinato’s. Her pizzas are always spot on and made to perfection every single time. Please help us congratulate her by enjoying the beautiful food she makes daily in our HOH (Heart of House).

Thank you for all you do!

Chris Wiggins

Scottsdale Location

Chris has been a friend of the Spinato’s Family for years and has been part of our Scottsdale crew for over 6 months now! He is a fabulous team player and gets along great with all his family members.  Chris is always willing to help whenever he can! Please take a minute to congratulate him!

Great job, Chris!! We’re glad you are part of our family!

Cooper Faucett

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Our FOH EOM this month is Cooper Faucett! Cooper has been with us 3 months now as a GSR and he is a rockstar up front! From day one he has been winning over our guests with his bright smile and friendly attitude. He is a junior in high school and even though this is his first job, you’d never guess by how professional and outgoing he is. When he’s not welcoming our guests into our restaurant, he might be busing your table or offering drinks to help our servers out when we’re busy. Cooper loves helping the team and does everything he can to make sure our guests feel welcome and taken care of.

We appreciate all you do for us Cooper!

Cody Rogers

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Congratulations to Cody Rogers, this is the 3rd time that Cody is been award as EMO and all thanks to his hard work and contribution to the team. Each month before the company meeting, the managers get together and make nominations for their vote for the employee of the month and this month, the managers of Ahwatukee location, voted for Cody.  Cody joined our team a year ago and has already mastered all kitchen levels. Cody is hard working, never complains, stays productive and helps his team members.  Cody is now one of our strongest team member.

Thank you, Cody, for all contribution to the team!!!! 

Employees of the Month – August ’17

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Employees of the Month – August’17

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

Tempe proudly proclaims Ana better known around here as Juliette as our Employee of the Month. Juliette has been with us a little over a year now. You can find her working pretty much every Job in the Front of House from seating tables to helping with Togo orders and even Serving tables now! She never comes to work without a smile!! When Juliette is not at work she enjoys taking acting classes in her free time. If you have the pleasure to run into her please let her know how much we appreciate her as she is a true example of the Spinato’s Experience!!

Thank you, Juliette, for your commitment to excellence!!

Andrew Hampton

North Phoenix Location

Spinato’s Bell rd. selects Andrew Hampton as our employee of the month. Andrew is the epitome of efficiency. He always has a great attitude and is extremely devoted to supporting his fellow family members. He seriously takes team work to a whole ‘nother level. Outside of work he is a fierce martial arts competitor and takes his training very seriously. He brings that enthusiasm to work every day to deliver fantastic pizzas on the cleanest dishes for all our guests.

Thank you, Andrew, for everything you do!

 

Dara Smith

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Whether it’s opening in the morning or closing it down at night, Dara’s attention to detail is unparalleled. She keeps the condiments full and the gum off the bottoms of the tables (…who does that, by the way?) Of course, that attention to detail goes beyond keeping the joint tidy; when Dara is your server everything is just taken care of. She’s on-point, humble, and always sweet AND she’s Employee of the Month!

Way to go Dara!

Anthony Huerta

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Our Employee of the Month for the HOH is Anthony Huerta. Anthony started off as a dishwasher and quickly moved into the kitchen. He has just about mastered every station in the kitchen. He can create the most beautiful salads, sauté a pasta to perfection, roll dough for pizzas, top all pizzas to Spinato’s specs and then pull and cut piping hot pizzas from the oven to serve to our guests. Anthony is very humble, dependable and has one of the most amazing attitudes that is infectious throughout the kitchen and the restaurant. We can’t thank him enough for all his hard work and dedication he has brought to our family.

 Thanks Anthony and Congrats!

Anthony Hill

Scottsdale Location

North Scottsdale wants to give Anthony a big round of applause for a second shot at Employee of the Month for all the hard work he does. We can’t tell if he is man or machine sometimes with how quick he handles the kitchen in only the short six months’ time, enhancing the lives of each family member he works with. Whether we ask for some pizzas or a little help with the dishes, there is always a smile, ear to ear, from him. And when he isn’t tearing it up in the kitchen he is back at home with his newborn son enjoying fatherhood to the fullest.

Thanks for being you Anthony. 

Abby Pack

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

We’re happy to announce Abby Pack as our FOH Employee of the month! Abby has been with us since October of 2016 and has become one of our star hostesses.  Abby is kind to everyone she interacts with and you’ll always find her hard at work. She is a little soft spoken but where she lacks in volume, she makes up for in great work taking charge of the host stand and always great with our guests. When Abby is not at work or school it might be safe to say she will be at target, which she likes to call her “happy place”. It won’t be long before you might see her cashing you out for pickups or serving you table-side.

Thank you for all you do Abby!

Minerva Zentero

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Minerva has been part of our family for almost 5 years now.  She is our salad and sandwich prep cook.  She is always on top of her game, holding down her station, on her own, every morning.  Minerva likes perfection and takes pride in her work.  So, if you get one of our salads or sandwiches you’ll know this awesome person has made it all possible.

Thank you, Minerva, for enhancing the lives of our guests.

Employees of the Month – July ’17

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Employees of the Month – July ’17

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

Allison Brackenbury

Tempe Location

Tempe proudly proclaims Allison as our employee of the month! She started her journey with us a little over 2 years ago as a pizza cook and now can pretty much do any job in the restaurant! She is a real team player and willing to jump in and help where ever! In her free time, she enjoys hanging with her two puppies or dancing. Allison is a great example of Commitment to excellence.

Thank you so much Allison, we cannot wait to see how far you can go with the company!!

Kassandra Connelly

North Phoenix Location

Meet Kassie! She has been a member of the Spinato’s family for just over 10 months. She always has a smile on her face and is moving a mile a minute making sure all tables are clean and all guests are sat and happy.  In Kassie’s spare time, she likes to stay busy by volunteering her time at various causes around the valley. She attends Paradise Valley Community college where she is studying Actuarial Science. Kassie’s favorite thing about working at Spinato’s is the family atmosphere, and she helps build that atmosphere every day.

Thank you for all you do Kassie!

Joseph Ross

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Joey Ross joined our team at Central Phoenix almost 1 year ago. He consistently does whatever is needed to take care of our guests, from setting up the patio in the morning to hopping on the pizza line. If you’ve come into pick up a lunch order to take back to the office, there’s a 98% chance that Joey offered to help you carry it out to your car, and a 100% chance that he was smiling. We wouldn’t be able to run our Pick-Up side without him and we hope he sticks around for years to come.

Thanks Joey!

Brayan Chavez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Brayan Chavez is one of the best dishwashers we’ve got at our Central Phoenix location. If the plates are piled high, he rolls up his sleeves and dives in, if we’re a bit slow on a Monday night, he’ll be the one polishing the stainless and making sure the dish machine is in top working order. He’s got some friends on the pizza line, so it won’t be long before he’s moving up and making dinner instead of cleaning up after it!

Thank you for being Awesome!

Gino Burleson

Scottsdale Location

This is our employee of the month Gino Burleson.  Gino has been with us for just over a year and works in dish, salad and sandwich.  Gino has come a long way from his early days he is always looking to help everyone on the team and looking to better himself all the time.  He has become a master back in the dish station and is a fan favorite of the team.  When he is not here making it happen, Gino plays football at school and is an avid gamer who loves cookies.

Thanks Gino keep up the great work!

Travis Carter

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Our FOH EOM this month is Travis Carter! Travis has been with the family almost a year now and is absolutely a star in our store. He started as a cashier and once he mastered that he quickly moved on to be a delivery driver and host as well. Travis is always the first to jump in and help the team when we need and always has a smile on his face. His commitment to excellence and positivity makes him a huge asset as well as a great guy to be around. Travis always has great stories to share and makes sure all guests know that they are part of our family.

Thank you for all you do Travis, you are so appreciated!

Josh Trejo

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Josh has been a part of our team for almost a year now.  He’s a hard worker who comes in every shift and gives 110% every time.  Josh started as a dishwasher and moved his way up to be a prep cook.  You can always find him with a smile on his face and super positive attitude.

Thank you, Josh, for your hard work and your contribution to the team!