2014 Tony Awards | Spinato's Pizzeria

2014 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!

Jerry Caldera


Tempe Location

Heart of House Lead, Delivery Driver

Length of Service: 4.5 years

From the Manager: “Jerry can work almost every position in the store. We believe his middle name might actually be “Reliable!” He is a huge asset to this company.”

Nick Hoagland


North Phoenix Location

Server, Bartender, Host

Length of Service: 3 years

From the Manager: “Nick has a great way of interacting with both our guests and his coworkers. His consistent hard work, silly jokes, and teamwork make him a favorite around here!”

Lyle Engle


Central Phoenix Location

Delivery Driver

Length of Service: 1.5 years

From the Manager: “Lyle takes such pride in bringing the guests great service right to their door. He never has anything negative to say and is so deserving of this award!”

Cody Newman


Scottsdale Location

Pizza & Salads

Length of Service: 1.5 years

From the Manager: “Cody is a one-man army on the salad station, and always works diligently. He is a man of few words, but always has a smile!”

Marsha Keltz


Ahwatukee Location, Front of House


Length of Service: 4 years

From the Manager: “Marsha’s care and dedication is true to the culture that the Spinato family lives by. She is an absolute joy to have on our team!”

Leo Gallegos


Ahwatukee Location, Heart of House

Pizza, Prep, Salads & Saute

Length of Service: 5 years

From the Manager: “Leo has been impressing us for five years! He wears many hats in our kitchen and his dedication to each one makes him a perfect candidate for this award.”