Many Diets at One Table

Welcome back! This week we are going to dive in to a topic that touches every home, and, go figure it’s food. How many people do we know who are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, keto, paleo, organic, local, etc. A lot! When it comes to feeding everyone at your table, how do you do it? Let’s submerge into the fabulous world of Spinato’s and come out with ideas and solutions to make sure everyone at your table is satisfied!

So, Martha is gluten-free, Thomas is dairy-free, and little Sara Grace is young and picky. How do we feed this family without breaking the bank or your back with three different meals? What if I told you that all three people can be fed and satisfied, AND have a unique, connecting experience around their meal? Brace yourselves, because we are about to blow… your… minds.

PIZZA!!!

“But pizza is definitely not gluten-free. I know that pizza isn’t dairy free. And unless that pizza is plain cheese, little Sara Grace is going to have a conniption.” I know, I know. But hear me out. Spinato’s has created a solution! Spinato's will soon be launching broccoli crusts that are available a la carte in two’s are going to be your canvases for family fun that feeds all. These crusts AND our sauces are gluten-free (I’m looking at you, Martha)! And here’s the fun part: You get to dress up your pizzas any way you want! Thomas can get himself some vegan cheese (you’re taken care of, buddy!), and little Sara Grace can make half a pizza with extra cheese and absolutely nothing else, and the other half whatever mom and dad want! Bada bing, bada boom, everyone is having fun making their own pizzas with any toppings they want, and all dietary restrictions and preferences are respected! Pretty neat, huh?

And what a unique opportunity to create a family masterpiece with old-world flavors and foods, but with individual tastes and specifics. Surround yourselves and your loved ones around a gluten-free base that promotes clean eating and connection. That’s what we like to call, “the art of pizza.”

Let us know what gluten-free, dairy-free, or picky eaters you know and whether or not you think our pizzas should make an appearance in their homes! As always, thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!

 

Escape The Fate frontman CRAIG MABBIT                                        Joins Us at Spinato’s Tempe for Dinner!

 

At Spinato’s, every guest who walks in our doors is family, and we aim to treat them as such. We value and appreciate each one of them equally, and we never want them to forget that! Some fun news happened with us at our Tempe location this weekend, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Now, everyone put your drinks and forks down, because we hope this fun happenstance is as exciting to you as it was for us.

Friday night, punk band Escape The Fate’s frontman Craig Mabbit joined us at the bar for drinks and dinner with a guest. This Arizona native is always on the road recording, touring, writing, doing photoshoots, going to  events, and countless other things that famous artists do! Understanding this, we were excited that he chose to spend some down time at home with us at Spinato’s. It was especially appreciated by a few employees who immediately recognized the rockstar, but of course wanted to let him and his guest enjoy their pizza and drinks in peace. Once they were finished, Craig was kind enough to take pictures with 3 of the Tempe employees! They were absolutely thrilled! He thanked us for the food, and was on his way, full and happy. And so were our hearts!

Here are a few pictures of the fun we got to have with Escape The Fate frontman Craig Mabbit for you to enjoy with us! As always, thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table! Alla Salute!

 

Family Members of the Month

Our team members are more than just employees - they’re family. And to show just a little appreciation for them, we like to recognize a different individual from each location every month. And we never call them employees. Always family members. So without further ado, a drumroll please for this month’s Family Members!!!

The Ahwatukee location Family Member of the Month is Steven Williams in the Heart of House. Steven has been with the family for 8 years and has done every position in the kitchen, including manager! He helped open our Ahwatukee location as “Sugar Steve” - the sole dessert chef. Since then he has made big moves working his way up at all our locations and has recently been at our Central Phoenix location for the last 3 years. Steven is one of the happiest, most positive people we’ve ever met and even on our most stressful nights keeps spirits high with his infectious laugh and dope dance moves. When he’s not at work you can probably find him at almost any Relentless Beats festival around Phoenix or watching sports at his favorite local dive bars. Our kitchen would not be the same without you Steven, we love you!

Spinato's in North Scottsdale would like to congratulate Kassie Connelly as our Family Member of the Month. She has been a part of our family for over 2 years. She has a wonderful spirit and embraces our culture with dedication and commitment to excellence. With a drive to always do more and move up in the company, her talents in our restaurant are priceless. Some days you will see her in the kitchen and then she will be serving you at your tables. Recently, she moved up into her new supervisor roll! Kassie loves to spend time with her family and her pets outside of work. The next time you have the pleasure to see her, please congratulate her! Great job, Kassie!

Our Central Phoenix location congratulates Andrea Guerra as our Family Member of the Month! She's always been amazing at taking care of our guests or handling a full section with grace and a smile. Excitingly, she's been learning how to bartend, too! Come in soon to watch her pour a perfect pint or order a Manhattan to test her skills and give her a high-five for her achievement!

Our Family Member of the Month for our North Phoenix location is Andrew Dorsey. He is a great asset to the North Phoenix team! Andrew Dorsey has been a family member since December of 2015, and he will be joining the Heart of House lead team this summer. Andrew enjoys playing pool and video games in his spare time. Thanks, Dorsey for all your hard work and dedication!

Store 5 is pleased to announce Bert Rubio as our Family Member of the Month! Bert has worked for Spinato's for 5 years and recently became a full-time employee. He loves working with his family members, making guests smile, and giving the Spinato's experience to every guest. (His exact words, this is why he's Family Member of the Month). His favorite menu item is the Chicken Pesto Pizza. In his free time Bert enjoys sports, movies, and traveling.

Tempe is proud to announce our most recent Family Member of the Month, Robert Desko. Rob has only been with us a short time but he has really made an impact quickly. His commitment to excellence and teamwork has not only shown in how he treats his tables, but has rubbed off on the rest of us. You can catch him helping his team-mates with anything they need, chatting with his tables about football, or giving fantastic Scotch suggestions. Next time you see him give him a pat on the back for a job well done!

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

Are you excited? Because we are.

Welcome one and all to the resurrection of the official blog for Spinato’s! We are positively stoked to have a platform where we can connect and interact on a deeper and more personal level. Here, you become an official member of the Family with inside looks, tips, tricks, and discussions revolving around things that matter to us and things that matter to you. We are so excited to embark on this digital journey with our favorite people (psst! That’s you!) and explore the Spinato’s world together! Let’s kick things off the right way – a little introduction.

Meet the Spinatos

We all know that the Spinato name first lit up in 1974 with the first Spinato’s Pizzeria in Tempe opening. Since then, the family has continued owning and operating their now 5 locations across the Arizona valley. Ken, Elaine, Anthony, Jaime, Nicole, and so many more Spinatos are fully immersed in the daily processes and nitty gritty of what makes our food and the experience unmatched. From HQ and budget meetings to jumping on the pizza line at the Scottsdale store, you are guaranteed to see a Spinato running around at any point in the day. Working alongside the Spinato family is unlike your typical 9-5 in all the best ways. Let me show you what I mean. Let’s get to know some of these mystical Spinatos beings and learn a little more about what makes them…them!

Our Favorite Husband and Wife Team: Anthony and Jaime Spinato

I sat down with two of the big Spinato leaders, Anthony and Jaime, and asked them just a few questions about themselves so that we can all feel a little more in-tune and familiar with the Spinato family. Enjoy these conversations and leave a comment about who’s interview you enjoyed reading about most!

Anthony Spinato

What is your favorite part about your day-to-day running and operations?

  • Building something that’s better. Enhancing the lives of others by making today better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today.

Tell me about what free time looks like for you. If you had a full day to do anything you wanted, what would your day entail?

  • A morning of scripture, then off to the gym, and finishing the day by spending time with family to make connections and form community.

What is your favorite “secret menu” item?

  • Pizza! With spinach, Canadian bacon, and onion. *Italian finger kiss* Muah!

What is your greatest strength and/or favorite thing about yourself?

  • Understanding the calling to love others.

What is one thing you can’t live without? (people don’t count! Ex: water bottle, phone, chapstick, etc.)

  • A good cup of Joe and a fresh pastry. Very Italian.

What do you want your legacy to be? Outside of your business, what do you want to be remembered most for?

  • For the behind the curtain man to be the same as the front man. To be someone who can be counted on: Counted on to do what is right, fight the good fight, and remain consistent.
Jaime Spinato

What is your favorite role to play and why?

  • Jaime started out her creativity by doing hair! Needing a creative outlet, recipe             development and experimenting in the kitchen is her calling.

Tell me about what free time looks like for you. If you had a full day to do anything you wanted, what would your day entail?

  • Going to the gym for some yoga, meal planning, grocery shopping (alone preferably, just like me!), and extending that creative outlet at home with husband and two girls.

What is your favorite “secret menu” item?

  • Jaime’s favorite secr4et menu food is a calzone that Anthony made for her when she was only 15 years old. With spinach, mushrooms, garlic, sausage, onion, and ricotta, it was love at first bite! *swoon*

What is one thing you can’t live without? (people don’t count! Ex: water bottle, phone, chapstick, etc.)

  • Esthetician. Smart girl!

What is your greatest strength and/or favorite thing about yourself?

  • Her klutziness! Because Anthony loves it about her.  A woman after my own heart!

What do you want your legacy to be? Outside of your business, what do you want to be remembered most for?

  • A good wife, a good mother, and a woman who modeled Christ to the best of her ability.

Getting to learn new things about our favorite husband and wife team is always fun and enlightening. I feel closer and more immersed in the Family after getting to conduct these interviews, and I hope you feel the same after reading them. Leave us a comment about which interview you liked reading most, or what your favorite answer was!

Thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table! Alla Salute!