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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!

January Employees of the Month

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January Employees of the Month

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

Erin Mason

Tempe Location

Erin is always coming to work with a contagious smile that spreads to the rest of our staff as well as our customers. She is always on top of her game and really shows ambition in her work. She is one of the younger members in our Spinato’s family and is currently a senior in high school, but she takes to her job like she’s been doing it for years! Her outside hobbies include the beach & puppies (who doesn’t like puppies though, honestly).

Thanks for everything, Erin!

Wayne Halvorsen

North Phoenix Location

Wayne has been with us for just over 6 months.  He started out on dishes and quickly worked his way up to making salads and appetizers.  Wayne has a great attitude and is always quick with a joke. He’s here almost every day, so there’s a good chance that amazing beautiful salad you love to eat was made by him.  He doesn’t like recognition or the spotlight, so if you see him around make sure you embarrass him a little!

Great job, Wayne!

Mike Danner

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Mike has been with us since we opened over two years ago, and is one of our most knowledgeable family members.  He excels here with his positive attitude and helpfulness, and his Barry White-like voice and infectious laugh keep a smile on all our faces. His stellar service and interesting conversation keeps his guests coming back every week.

We are so lucky to have you, Danner!

Philip Montville

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Philip has been with us since April of last year. He is our dish room ninja! He is so quiet, sometimes the only way we can tell he is here is when we see how sparkling clean the dishes are. Philip takes pride in every dish, cup, piece of silverware that he washes, and most of the time he is rocking in the dish room all by himself.  He is hard-working and has never missed a shift! Philip is a true example of the Spinato’s Experience. Thanks for all you do, Philip!

Thanks for all you do, Philip!

Bradly Willis

Scottsdale Location

Bradly has only been with us a short time, but he has easily managed to win the kitchen over with his positive attitude! He is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done, and with a smile on his face! Little by little, he is working his way up, and plans to be here for quite some time (which we couldn’t be happier about).

Thank you Bradly!

Emerald Neal

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Emerald has been a part of our team for 3½ wonderful years. When she is not doing microbiology homework, she is working here to provide exceptional guest service. Her great attitude and wonderful smile complete the package for an outstanding team member.

Thank you Emerald for all your hard work!

Leo Gallegos

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Leo has worked for the company for quite some time at various locations. He is definitely a “jack of all trades” in our kitchen. He helps make up all the things necessary for our Heart of the House team to be successful. He always seems to be in the running for this award every month, and with good reason!

Thank you for all that you do Leo!

December Employees of the Month

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December Employees of the Month

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

Connor Exline

Tempe Location

Starting off as one of our fantastic hosts, Connor quickly moved over to help out with deliveries. He has been a key member of our driving team on the weekends. When he is not here delivering the world’s greatest pizza, he is student teaching at a local high school, and is also a recent ASU grad! We are very proud to call him a part of our Tempe family.

Thank you Connor!

Nick Hoagland

North Phoenix Location

Nick always goes the extra mile, giving great service to our guests and helping out other team members whenever needed.  Don’t let the big muscles fool you – he’s a teddy bear! We really appreciate all the hard work and just wanted the world know how great you are.

Congrats, Nick!

Jennifer Testdorf

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Jen can be seen here almost every day of the week, walking around with a big smile on her face! She has been part of our family for about 6 months now (as a server) and is starting to branch out into cashiering and hosting as well. She is one of the most positive, joyful people you will ever meet so if you’re having a bad day just come on in, and Jen will turn that frown upside down! We are so grateful to have her in our family and we see big things for her here in the future.

Thanks for the good times, Jen!

Tyler Scott

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Tyler started out in the dish room, and we quickly saw that with his speed and attention to detail that he has endless skills to offer! Tyler has so much passion and cares about every single item he serves – he knows the true meaning of Commitment to Excellence! When Tyler is not at work he enjoys hanging with his friends and getting ready to begin college. Tyler hopes to become an elementary school teacher or an architect – instead of building sandwiches, he may build your next home or office building!

Thank you Tyler for all your hard work!

Moe Matuniak

Scottsdale Location

Moe is one of our most reliable family members here at Spinato’s Scottsdale. She’s never afraid to put in long hours and always has a smile the whole time! We don’t know what we would do without her here.

Thanks for all you do, Moe!

Alberto Rubio

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

You might recognize his name and face, because this is the second time this year that Bert has received this award! Bert has such a positive attitude and exhibits teamwork at its finest. With these attributes, along with his exceptional guest service, Bert encompasses the Spinato’s Experience to its fullest. Request him as your server next time you are in to see why we are so proud of him.

Congrats on a job well done, Bert!

Omar Alvarez

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Omar has been part of our family for a little over four months and is exceeding our expectations in anything he does. He is responsible for prepping many of our items for the heart of house, and most importantly supplying dough to the pizza line. Next time you take a bite out of one of our delicious pizzas, you’ll know the awesome employee that made it all possible!

Thanks Omar, you’re awesome!

November Employees of the Month

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November Employees of the Month

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

Christian Garcia

Tempe Location

Christian has been with us for almost a year, and he has grown into a budding superstar for our store! He has a fantastic attitude and infectious smile. Christian has a big heart and truly cares about this company and his fellow family members. When he is not here making the world’s greatest pizzas, he can be found rooting for his Steelers (we try not to hold that against him).

Thank you, Christian, you’re amazing!

Bryan Ward

North Phoenix Location

Up here in North Phoenix, we have a lot of bearded wonders, and it just so happens this specific one is our employee of the month! He goes by Bryan, first of his name, hailing from Winterfell.  Bryan makes some of the best pizzas in the Seven Kingdoms.  Yes, winter is coming, but if you’re brave enough to fight off the direwolves and Wildlings, cross the Narrow Sea to join us for one of Bryan’s amazing pizzas.

Valar Morghulis, Bryan.

Jacob Mongold

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Jacob has been with us about 6 months now and loves it so much, he is here almost every day! He might be the first face you see when you walk in the door as he greets and walks you to your table, or he could be the happy face running around bussing and cleaning for us on busy nights. Jacob is so much fun to have around and we’re so blessed to have him here at Spinato’s!

Thanks for all you do Jacob!

Jason Groves

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Although Jason has only been with us for a short time, he has made a lasting impression on our pizza line.  Jason enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and he can often be found hiking the hills of Phoenix in the wee hours of the morning, clearing his mind and preparing for the shift later that day. Maybe that’s why he’s always so positive from the start of his shift through to the end, and is willing to lend a hand whenever and however needed.  Jason’s pizzas are always a hit with our guests, having received rave reviews for the consistency and quality time and time again.  We invite you all to come in and try one of Jason’s hand crafted pizzas.

Great job, Jason!

Brandon Dongell

Scottsdale Location

Though he has only been with us for a short time, Brandon has made a huge impact at our store. Whether prepping the kitchen for dinner or artfully making delicious pizzas, Brandon’s attention to detail is always on point. Please join us in thanking Brandon for his positive contribution to our Spinato’s Scottsdale family.

You’re awesome, Brandon!

Anna Solfisburg

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Anna has been with Spinato’s for a little over three years. Straight outta Chicago, Anna sure knows good food and does a tremendous job for us behind the bar. She has become a well-known face for our guests, and her commitment to excellence and devotion to give our guests the Spinato’s Experience is top notch.

Thank you for your hard work, Anna!

Kristie Searle

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Kristie has been with us for just over 3 months and well exceeded our expectations! Kristie wears many hats in our restaurant – she is responsible for making a lot of our larger prep items, as well as making beautiful salads for our guests to enjoy. You can also find her in the front of the house as a cashier. Is there anything she can’t do?

Congrats Kristie, we’re so glad you’re here!