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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!

October RockSTAR Award

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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.


October’s RockSTAR award goes to Steven Williams, assistant kitchen manager at our Tempe location.  Affectionately nicknamed Stee, he was a great choice for our RockSTAR because of his eagerness to learn and willing attitude – he will pitch in anywhere needed!  Exhibit A: when our Spinato’s Fine Foods retail division received an unusually large order, Steven was one of the first to jump in, don the gluten-free lab coat, and crank out hours upon hours of extra work to help fill the order.

Steven originally started at the Ahwatukee location making desserts, and moved over to Tempe when the need arose for an AKM.  He is a great example of what we aspire to be – positive and with a caring nature, he always shows concern for others.  Steven has a big personality that you can’t miss – he’s constantly cracking jokes and you can hear his silly laugh from a mile away!  We are so glad to have him around to make us smile.  Thanks for being you, Stee, and keep on keepin’ on with your RockSTAR attitude!

Steven Williams & Ken Spinato

October Employees of the Month

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October 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”.

Lexi Pollock

Tempe Location

Lexi has been with us for less than a year but is a rising star for the Tempe store. Lexi is learning all positions in the Front of House, so she’ll be able to do it all! Lexi has an infectious laugh and smile – it’s hard to be in a bad mood when she is around. Lexi thrives when things are busy. When she is not making us smile at here at work, Lexi is on a rowing team and loves to be outdoors, riding bikes or going on a hiking adventure. She hopes one day to be able to save the rhinos of South Africa! Big dreams from this superstar family member!

Thank you, Lexi, you rock!

Kayci Riggs

North Phoenix Location

Kayci is one of our best hostesses that always shows up to work with a smile.  She is a fantastic team player, always willing to help out anyone where ever necessary!  You’ll probably see her up front working the counter or greeting guests, so when you come in, help us out congratulating her with a job well done!

Thanks for the awesome work, Kayci!

Mike Meyer

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Mike has worked his way through the company since he started in 2012 – first at our Tempe location, then to Ahwatukee, and now to our family here at the Central Phoenix location. From his humble beginnings as a delivery driver back in 2012, he has grown into one of our best servers! He can spend hours talking to anyone about everything from football to fine wines to wrestling to his 22-year-old cat that he loves so much. He keeps his co-workers laughing and his managers pulling out their hair on a regular basis, but he is always a pleasure to have at work every day. Thank you for all your hard work!

We love you, Mike!

Magdalena “Male” Mejia

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Male has been with the company for just over 9 years, during which she has worked at our Bell Rd. store, Awhatukee, and finally finding her home here at Central Phoenix. Male truly knows the meaning of family – she is a mother of 6 the youngest just turning 1 last month! She is a dedicated mother and employee – she makes the best pizzas that come out of the kitchen! We’re not sure how she does it, but there is magic in her hands. Male’s pizzas just cannot be recreated! Come on down and have your favorite pizza made by Male; you will fall in love all over again!

Thanks for all you do, Male!

Ashley Longanecker

Scottsdale Location

Ashley joined our team as a part-timer and quickly moved up to a full-time position. She is one of our hard working Heart of the House team members that everyone loves to be around. There is never a dull moment when you’re working with Ashley; she keeps everyone entertained with her southern charm. She may be one of our youngest employees, but Ashley goes above and beyond like an old pro!

Great job, Ashley!

Michael Watson

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Mike has been with Spinato’s for just about two years, and is working his way up the ranks! Mike started as a cashier, then became a wonderful server, and now has been promoted to a front of the house lead! Mike is great with our guests and knows just how to deliver the Spinato’s Experience. We are so excited to have him as a leader!

Congrats on your continued success, Mike!

Isaac Heath

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Issac has been with us for about three months and has far exceeded our expectations. Issac is responsible for constructing those beautiful and delicious pizzas that our guests receive. He is a team player and has a great attitude every day that he works. We commend him for his dedication to upholding the Spinato’s Experience while he is also working hard in high school!

Thanks for your dedication, Isaac!