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RockSTAR June ’16 – Fred Wilder

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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.


We are happy to announce our June 2016 RockSTAR: Fred Wilder! Fred is currently General Manager at our North Phoenix location. He became a member of our family in 2008, and it was onward & upward from there!  Fred has been GM of our Scottsdale, Tempe, and North Phoenix locations.  His family with us grew when he met & married his wife Melissa. They have a 3-year-old daughter Elliot, who is the apple of Fred’s eye. His favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time with his girls – and watch baseball, the other love of his life! 🙂

Fred is a great leader to his team – they both respect and love him, affectionately calling him “Dad” around the store.  He is never without his manners, always saying “Thank you sir/miss” and greeting everyone with a handshake or a hug. We are so blessed to have Fred around, and hope he continues to stay with us for many many years.  Thanks so much for being such a RockSTAR, Fred!

Fred Wilder & Anthony Spinato

Employees of the Month – June ’16

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Employees of the Month – June ’16

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

Lexi Pollock

Tempe Location

Lexi has been an outstanding member of our family for a little over a year and a half now. She has mastered the art of every position in the front of house. On any given night she may be delivering you a pizza, suggesting one of our wonderful desserts as she serves your table or helping you with a pick-up order. She will be leaving us for a brief time to travel throughout Asia, and she will be greatly missed!

Thank you & bon voyage, Lexi!

Ty Barker

North Phoenix Location

Ty is one of our quietest family members, but his impact is loud! We can always tell when Ty isn’t around. If you order one of our delicious salads, chances are Ty is the one responsible for preparing it. He is one of the most organized and timely people we have ever had the pleasure of working with, and we are thankful every day to have him on our team!

Congratulations, Ty!

Tommy St. Clair

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Tommy has quickly won over our hearts and blown us away with his stellar guest service and willingness to do whatever it takes to be the best host he can be in his 3 short months with us. He is a student at Bioscience High School studying engineering, so this guy is going places! He’s always full of laughter and smiles.  This is Tommy’s first job and he has already begun to impress us with his ability to deliver a perfect Spinato’s Experience!

We’re lucky to have you, Tommy!

Felipe Agudo

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Felipe has been with us for just over 6 months and he is a huge asset in our Heart of House. He is an amazing saute cook, and takes pride is every single dish he creates. If there is no pasta to be made you will find him cleaning everything and anything in the kitchen. He always has a smile on his face and keeps everyone happy and upbeat. Felipe works 2 full time jobs but will never complain about being tired, he just comes in and kills it every day!

Thanks for all you do, Felipe!

Jake Powers

Scottsdale Location

Jake started with us almost 2 years ago, working part-time while attending school. We are thrilled that he is now working with us full-time and has become such an integral part of our Heart of House team.  Jake is rock solid on the pizza line and a great guy to boot.

Thanks, Jake! (from State Farm)

Janet Blau

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Janet is, without a doubt, one of our greatest assets and a true MVP of our Ahwatukee family. She is kind, caring, and carries such a positive energy with her wherever she goes. If we are having a tough day, we always lean on Janet to make it a little brighter and fun.  Janet is her name and the Spinato’s Experience is her game!

Thanks for always being there, Janet!

Adrian Delgado

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Adrian can be quiet and very mysterious at times, but his creations in our kitchen just scream quality and commitment to excellence!  He has been with us for a few years now, and his experience certainly shows. If Adrian is making your food, you are in for a treat, because it’s going to blow you away.  We are so proud of him for being constantly, consistently, AWESOME!

Woohoo, Adrian!

Employees of the Month – May ’16

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Employees of the Month – May ’16

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

Kellie Gerrity

Tempe Location

Kellie started her adventure with Spinato’s a few years back, as a guest service representative.  After a brief hiatus, she came back to us, this time working the salad line in the Heart of House.  Her bubbly attitude and commitment to excellence has quickly moved her up to one of our key players in the kitchen!  Kellie is dedicated to our team and always is willing to do whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly.

Thank you, Kellie, for your hard work and dedication!

Andrew Hampton

North Phoenix Location

Andrew has been with us a little more than month, and has been an incredible addition to our team!  Thanks to him, our food goes out to your tables on sparkling clean dishes, and his fellow team members love how quickly he can get the job done.  We don’t know where we would be without his hardworking, can-do attitude!

Thanks, Andrew, you rock!

Andrea Guerra

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Andrea has been with us just over 6 months now.  When she first started, she seemed shy (while eager to learn), but before long, her true colors began to shine through – a goofy, confident, and very talented young lady. When she’s not home watching crime dramas on TV, she’ll probably be the smiling face you’ll see when you walk in the door, or bussing your tables, or running your food, or cashing you out on our Andiamo pick up side, or…basically, Andrea does it all! We’re so glad to have her on our team!

Keep up the amazing work, Andrea, you’re the best!

Austin Bourgeois

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Austin (“Bouggie”) has been with our family for almost 3 years and has already won our Tony Award (Employee of the Year), so we figured it’s about time he won this award too! Austin comes in everyday with the biggest smile on his face and greets everyone with a “Hiiiiiiii”,  a hug, a high five or a chest bump. He can work any station in the kitchen and we can always count on him for a positive attitude! You can’t help but smile when he is around.  Austin is a full time student at GCU and is working towards becoming a personal trainer.  He has such an amazing work ethic and personality – we are truly lucky to call him family!

Thank you, Austin, for all that you do – and keep up the great work!

Emma-Li Thompson

Scottsdale Location

Emma-Li has worked with us for over a year now, and her teamwork and work ethic are second to none!  We appreciate her everyday that she spends with us, and we definitely notice when she’s not around.  We are so proud to have her in our family!

Thanks for always being dependable, Emma-Li!

Zachariah Houze

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

When he’s not serving it up on the volleyball courts, Zachariah is serving up superior service at our pick-up counter.  Zachariah started off strong as one of our hosts, and quickly made his way over to our pick-up side by always being dependable, respectful and being an all-out team player! Thank you Zach, for taking pride in your work and your commitment to excellence! 

Please congratulate Zachariah on an amazing job well done!

Alexis Frances

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Alexis has been part of the family for over a year now. He always comes to work with a positive attitude and the world’s greatest enthusiasm! He can do anything and everything in our kitchen. He helps lead us through each shift, from washing dishes to pulling pizzas from the oven. Thank you for your caring nature and for always producing the highest quality food to our guests!

Fantastic job, Alexis!

Employees of the Month – April ’16

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Employees of the Month – April ’16

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

Mara Klein

Tempe Location

On a busy Friday or Saturday night you are sure to see the warm, friendly face of Miss Mara right when you walk through the door. Mara is newer to our family, but her commitment to excellence makes it seem like she’s been here for years! Next time you see her opening the door, seating you at your table or taking an order on the phone, make sure you congratulate her!

Thank you, Mara!

Breanna Johnsen

North Phoenix Location

Breanna has been with out North Phoenix location for just shy of a year, and in that time she has really shown us and our guests what it means to deliver The Spinato’s experience!  When it comes to Guest Service Representatives (GSRs, or what we call our hosts) she is the best of the best! Breanna is consistent in her improvement, always early and she never fails to jump in and help her family members out!

Thank you for everything, Breanna!

Marissa Phillips

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Marissa started with us almost a year ago in our Heart of House making beautiful salads, but we saw pretty quickly that Marissa had what it takes to wow our guests in the Front of House as well, so we stole her out of the kitchen to be one of the smiling faces you see when you walk in the door. After she mastered the GSR world, we gave her a shot as a cashier in our Andiamo Market and she just keeps killing it! Marissa is quiet, but will give you a big smile and warm welcome when you walk in the door and if you’re not careful, she’ll talk you into leaving with a few of our delicious desserts from the Andiamo Market. We love the great vibes Marissa brings in to work with her every day.

Keep it up, Marissa!

Adam Valles

Scottsdale Location

Adam has been with us for 7 months now, and he just continues to grow as an integral part of our family.  Adam works as a  GSR and cashier and has stepped up tremendously as of late, not only with his job knowledge but also his impeccable teamwork – we can always count on him.  Thanks for always doing such a great job for us!

Go Adam!

Darnell Jones

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Darnell, aka “Darneezy”, aka “Iced Darnell” is a man of many talents.  Darnell is as committed to the overall well-being of our guests and restaurant the same way he is committed to having his Dutch Bros. iced coffee every morning!  We don’t know what we would do without you on our team.

Congratulations, Darnell, you rock!

Jacob Sheedy

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Even though you may not see him out front, our boy Jacob is such an important part of our restaurant family!  He does a great job slaying the dirty dishes and is fitting right into our group of other (equally awesome) ninja dishwashers.  Next time you notice a sparkling plate or fork, you probably have Jacob to thank.

You’re the best, Jacob!

RockSTAR March ’16 – John Tomczyk

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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.


John came aboard our Family Headquarters team when we found ourselves in need of a manager for our Spinato’s Family Kitchen (SFK).  The SFK is our commissary area where all of our dough and pizza sauce is made, as well as slicing all of our Italian meats.  Three or four times a week, the SFK makes deliveries to our locations to drop off all of the items necessary to make our pizzas, sandwiches, salads and beyond!  This means that without John (or the rest of our SFK crew that he manages), our restaurants literally could not function!

John is a big kidder and is always making us laugh.  He’s a big outdoorsman, and no one is more prepared for a zombie apocalypse than John!  He may be a little bit picky about where everything goes (we wouldn’t dare put a single spice out of order!) but we wouldn’t have it any other way – the SFK runs cleanly and smoothly week after week, even when we throw curve-balls at them.  John has undertaken huge reorganizing projects, and is always on top of whatever comes his way.  John is more than deserving of this award – our SFK has never been more organized or efficient.  And to celebrate, we even got him a brand new truck! 😛

Thanks for all you do, John.  We know you don’t really like the spotlight, but you certainly deserve it.  Congratulations!

Ken Spinato, John Tomczyk, and the brand new SFK truck!

Employees of the Month – March 2016

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Employees of the Month – March 2016

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

Ian Carver

Tempe Location

Ian has been with us for over a year now, and has become a solid part of our Tempe crew!  He is one of quickest and efficient pizza cooks, as well as one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  If you’ve been into the Tempe location you have probably heard his unrecognizable laugh, or seen his fiery red hair.  Outside of work, Ian loves to play video games and listen to classical jazz. Thanks for all your hard work!

Keep it up, Ian!

Andrea Leal

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Andrea started as a GSR at our Bell Road location and immediately stood out as a rockstar!  She is amazing in everything she does and is so much fun to work with.  Now, a year and a half later since her start with our family, Andrea has made her way over here to central Phoenix and again proved herself to be a stellar cashier, GSR, certified trainer, and soon-to-be server.  Look out for her when you stop in, she’ll probably be running the place soon!

Thanks for being so great Andrea!

Kevin Quintanar

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Kevin (AKA Kevlar) started out with us in May 2014 as a dishwasher.  Over that past year and half he has moved his way on up into the kitchen and now is a seasoned sandwich master as well as one of our newest dough rollers.  He has always shined when put into a new position.  Kevin may be soft-spoken in the kitchen, but his presence is loud, from the hats he wears to the smile on his face down to the shoes that always match his pants.  Kevlar makes our family and store a little happier each day he is here.  Come on by our Central Phoenix location and have a hand-crafted sandwich or freshly rolled calzone made by Kevin.

Congrats, Kevlar!

Chris Holmes

Scottsdale Location

Chris is not just a fantastic pizza cook, he is also our Heart of House lead!  He is a great leader, always willing to get his hands dirty at any station in need.  He comes in early and stays late whenever we need him.  Chris always has a smile on his face and can always make everyone else smile, too!

Thank you for everything you do Chris!

Maria Mihaylov

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Maria has been with us for almost a year and is doing and outstanding job. Maria started as a guest service representative and worked her way up to become a server. She is committed to providing our guests with the Spinato’s experience as well as providing a great attitude and teamwork.  She is a wonderful addition to our team.

Great job, Maria!

Jack Barendrick

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

We’ve only known Jack for three short months, but he has met and exceeded our expectations by far!  Jack is responsible for making the delicious pizzas that our guests order, and he always delivers the Spinato’s Experience that they deserve. Jack has a great attitude and we are truly blessed to have him.

Thanks for being so awesome Jack!

February Employees of the Month

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February Employees of the Month

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

Lauren Abrego

Tempe Location

Lauren has been with us for over a year now, and we think she’s the best salad maker in the whole company (although we may be a bit biased)! Lauren also works part time at Spinatos Fine Foods, where she makes the Gluten Free pizzas for grocery stores all over the country! Lauren has a positive upbeat attitude, and is always super friendly and smiling. In her free time, she has become a Pokemon master, proving that she can conquer anything she puts her mind to!

Thank you, Lauren, for all your hard work!

Breanna Johnsen

North Phoenix Location

Breanna is a rising star here at our North Phoenix Location.  Over the past few months she has transformed into one of our best hostesses right before our eyes, and we are so proud of her.  She knows how to do a little bit of everything and she always does it with a smile on her face.   We are so happy that she is part of the North Phoenix Team!

Thanks for all your hard work, Breanna!

Noelle Moorhead

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Noelle has been here with the Spinato’s family for a little over 2 years. It really doesn’t matter where we put Noelle – when it comes to the Front of the House, she is always on her game! Noelle says that her favorite part about working here at Spinato’s is being around the people she gets to work with, she really enjoys her fellow team members. Noelle is born and raised here in Phoenix and is currently attending Grand Canyon University. Noelle’s favorite thing to do in her spare time is to hang out with her friends. Our Spinato’s family would not be the same without her tremendous effort and contributions to the team.

We are so proud of you, Noelle!

Alyssa Shoultes

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Alyssa has been lending her strong contributions to the Spinato’s family for nearly 4 months now. Alyssa helps prepare our salads and is one of the magicians behind the Strawberry Gorgonzola or Apple & Pecan salad. Alyssa really enjoys working in the Heart of the House here at Spinato’s and she says that her favorite part about working here is the fast-paced environment – we like to keep her on her toes! Alyssa is currently a full-time student at Paradise Community College and enjoys playing video games, listening to music, and working on art projects. We are very excited for Alyssa and look forward to her continued growth.

Great job, Alyssa!

Zachary Grable

Scottsdale Location

Zach transferred over to us a couple of months ago from Central Phoenix, first just filling in on a few shifts, and then we loved him so much we brought him over permanently! Zach is a fantastic addition to our store – always cheerful and always looking to help where he can.

Thanks for all you do, Zach!

Featured Pizza: February – March 2016

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“The Troy”

Check out our current Featured Pizza!

“The Troy” is a pizza created by Alex at our Scottsdale location.  It is loosely based on what our veteran employees refer to as the Troywich, a sandwich created by General Manager Troy King at the North Phoenix location.  Alex’s creation is a bit like the Troywich, only on a pizza!  It’s got some funky flavors and a few surprises, but it all goes together amazing, which is why we chose it for this quarter’s featured pizza.  Order up “The Troy” today!