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Employees of the Month – July ’18

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

Joanna Alvarez

Tempe Location

Joanna started working with us a year ago after moving from Yuma, AZ. Now she’s attending to nursing school. She applied as a Prep cook, with no experience but after seeing her food service passion, was promoted to line cook. Joanna quickly mastered the salad/sandwich position. She showed interest in learning more so was introduced to Pizza line. But besides Joanna’s integrity and unmatched passion for what she does, what really stands out about her is her teamwork. She been a big help with new family members.

Thank Joanna for all your hard work and an amazing contribution to the team.

Kevin Birdsell

North Phoenix Location

Spinato’s of North Phoenix is very excited to announce Kevin Birdsell as our employee of the month. Kevin has been a part of our family since October 2017. Some days you might find that he is rolling your dough for your pizza, delivering the pizzas to you and sometimes he is washing all the dishes. Kevin loves playing video games on his time off and spending time with his family. He is very compassionate, positive and adapts to change with ease. We are very lucky to have him as a part of our family.

Congrats Kev!!

Madison Roman

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Our Employee of the Month for the Front of House at Central Phoenix is Madison Roman. Madison started with the company almost 15 years ago and still loves working so much that she shows up to bar tend 6 days a week… by choice! You can always count on her to brighten your day, make a perfect cocktail, recommend a favorite appetizer, and keep our bar in tip-top shape.

Thanks for everything you do around the place, Madison!

Carmen Gutierrez-Martinez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Carmen is the employee of the month! She’s has been her over 2 years and has mastered pizza and sandwich line. She is one of the quickest pizza cooks in the company. Her station is always WGI ready and beautiful. Carmen isn’t just a mom to all her family members in the kitchen but also to her 3 children. If you ever have a bad day and need a hug or a lending ear, she’s always got you!

Thank you, Carmen, for everything you do!

Dominic Bono

Scottsdale Location

Dominic has been such a great asset to our team here in Scottsdale. He is always willing to work hard to learn a new station and always has a great attitude! He is awesome in the dish pit and has come so far on pizza as well! When not busy at work, Dom spends time with his family, including his dog, Zion.  He loves playing basketball, video games and listening to music.  He will be a senior in high school and we know he will do great things.  His favorite person on the planet is Erica!  We are lucky to call him a part of our family!

Thanks for all you do, Dom!

Janet Blau

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Store 5 would like congratulate Janet Blau on being the employee of the month. Janet has been here nearly five years and can work every position. In her off time, she works heavily with animal rescues. Janet has regulars here like no other employee and this place wouldn’t be the same without her.

Thank you for your dedication!!!

Miranda Woods

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to announce our Heart of the House employee of the month to be Miranda Woods. Miranda recently came back to the company and has been a huge asset to our success. You may also see her at the Tempe location, whether it be mixing up salads or topping off pizzas. In her down time, Miranda enjoys painting and hanging out with her little brother. She also enjoys binge watching the latest series on Netflix at the end of the day. It’s been great having you back Miranda!

Keep up the great work! ​

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Employees of the Month – June’18

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

Jason Wagley

Tempe Location

Tempe Spinato’s is proud to announce Richard “Jason” Wagley as our Employee of the month.  Jason has been part of our Spinato’s delivery team for almost 11 years. He splits his time between the Tempe location and the North Scottsdale location. Jason is a key player for our crazy busy mornings in making sure all the orders get deliver to our guests on time, fresh and ready to enjoy. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends and watch sports.

Thank you, Jason, for all your hard work!!!

Angel Guerrero

North Phoenix Location

Spinato’s of North Phoenix is happy to announce Angel Guerrero as our Employee of the Month! Angel has only been a part of our family for just over a month but feels like a lifetime. His smile and personality will brighten up any ones’ day. Prepping in the kitchen is where you can usually find him, but he will help anywhere he is needed. He is very compassionate, kind, positive and a huge asset to our family. Outside of Spinato’s you will find him skateboarding or outdoors camping.

Congrats Angel, you’re amazing!

Seth Jastrab

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Our FOH EOM this month is Seth Jastrab. Seth recently re-joined our family and we couldn’t be happier that he did. His work ethic, positive attitude, and teamwork mentality are just a few of his amazing qualities that make him such a fantastic bartender and server. He always puts his guests first and goes above and beyond every single shift to make sure everyone is taken care of to the best of his ability. Seth loves to dance, joking around, take his motorcycle out for a ride, and give big bear hugs and high fives as he walks in the door. His joyous nature is contagious, and we are truly blessed to have him on our team.

Thank you for all you do Seth!

Robert Fernandez

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Robert has working with us for 6 months now. Started as dishwasher and then moved to prep. In both stations he performs amazingly. Very nice and responsible guy. Always willing to help others. He’s favorite entree is Chicken Alfredo “No Onions”.

Thank you for your hard work.

Matt Nadolski

Scottsdale Location

Matt is an awesome part of our Scottsdale family! He helps us out as GSR as well as crushing the dish pit a few days a week.  In his free time, he plays the drums in a band and is going to Coconino Community College in Flagstaff this fall to study Business Management.

Thanks for all you do, Matt!

Adrienne Baeza

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Adrienne has been with the company almost two years working as a GSR and cashier. Her favorite menu item is the Mama Spinato’s Signature Pizza. Adrienne is currently enrolled in college studying Education.  She enjoys music and spending time with friends and family.

Great job, Adrienne!

Marcus Loomis

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to congratulate Marcus Loomis as our June heart of house employee of the month.  Marcus has been with our family for 3 months now and he is killing it on the pizza line.  Marcus loves to go to local music festivals with his fiancé in his spare time and also loves spending time with his cat Waffles.

Thank you for all that you do and keep up the good work.

Employees of the Month – May ’18

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Employees of the Month – May ’18

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

David Walker

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce David Walker as our Employee of the month!  David is a great member of our Prep/Dish team. He is starting to make his way on over to making those wonderful salads and sandwiches that our guests enjoy. He will gladly do whatever is asked of him and even will do it before being asked too. When David is not at working he is studying for his college classes or just hanging with his family.

​Thank you, David, for all your hard work!!! 

Sarah Vargas

North Phoenix Location

Bell road is proud to name Sarah Vargas our employee of the month! Sarah has only been with us about three months, but it’s quickly become evident to us that she is a perfect fit to deliver the Spinato’s experience. Her bubbly personality and infectious smile really light up our dining room and she is just a joy to have around. In her free time, she tries to figure out if there’s any way she’s ever going to get taller. She has one more year of high school left, so we have at least one more year of smiles and laughs.

Great job Sarah!

Adrian Borja

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Our EOM for FOH is Adrian Borja. Adrian has been with the family almost 2 years and has mastered just about every FOH position. He started as a friendly but shy cashier and slowly worked his way to host, then busser/runner and most recently has started serving! Adrian is one of the kindest, most patient and dedicated workers we have. He is currently in school for a degree in microbiology and still manages to be here on time with a great attitude every single shift. There is nothing Adrian won’t do for the team and we are so grateful to have such a humble and loyal rock star on our side.

Thank you, Adrian!

Dustin Winter

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Our employee of the month for our store is Dusty Winter. He is one of our Leads and he has been with us for 5 and a half years.  He has mastered all stations in the kitchen.  Dusty always has a smile, hugs and high 5’s for everyone he sees. Outside of work he loves music and he open his house every Friday, so bands can practice and play there.

Thank you for everything you do!

Ryan Wiberg

Scottsdale Location

Ryan has been with us at Scottsdale for almost 4 months now and has been such a great addition to our team.  With what little free time he has, Ryan enjoys riding his dirt bike and playing with his red nosed pit bull, Marly.

Thanks for all you do, Ryan!

Anne Schultz

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Store 5 would like to congratulate Anne on being the EOM here this month. Anne worked NASA in the past and retired a few years back. When Anne is not at work she enjoys taking care of her Grandkids. Anne’s teamwork is above and beyond and is always willing to help wherever needed.

Thank you, Anne, for your hard work and dedication! ​

Richard Vaughn

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

We are happy to announce Richard Vaughn is our employee of the month.  Richard has been with us for about 2 months, he has started as one of our dishwashers and rocks the pit. He is also learning prep and picking that up very well. He is a very happy and upbeat person to have included in our kitchen team.  Richard was born in Germany, loves to either go to or watch AZ sporting events. In his down time he is an avid video game player. Richard you are very much appreciated and a hard worker.

Keep up the great work!

Welcome to the Spinato’s Family Kitchen

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Welcome to the Spinato’s Family Kitchen

A place to create, cook and learn.

Spinato's Kitchen
We don’t have just any old kitchen. We have one that plays many roles in our process. We see it as our road to a brighter, better-tasting future. This includes 4,200 square feet of prep and kitchen space where we can make our own ricotta and fresh mozzarella, as well as fire-roast locally grown vegetables and carefully cook slow-roasted Italian beef. Methods like these come from time-honored traditions passed from family member to family member, like our Italian cousins who will teach us the authentic recipes they use in their two Verona gelaterias. We will also be making our own pasta, adding a fresh twist to the classic Spinato’s dishes that guests have loved for decades.
These delicious coming-soon opportunities are just a few ways our new Family Kitchen will make your Spinato’s experience even better. We will also be adding a quick-service marketplace where you can purchase some of our handmade ingredients and off-menu items to bring home to your family and prepare in your own traditional ways.

Beyond the dishes you know and love, our new kitchen acts as a laboratory—allowing us to experiment and diversify our menu offerings. We know we have to keep up and evolve with the fast-paced lives of our guests. Just like you never settle, neither do we in our pursuit of the best that pizza has to offer. Along with making the well-loved standards (dough, sauce, desserts, etc.), we have a dedicated test space for trying new recipes and the tools to whip them up. Our kitchen is equipped with advanced pizza-making machinery: a dough divider rounds and cuts 1,200 dough balls per hour and containment units cold-ferment our dough for 48 hours, leading to an airy, more flavorful crust. With the room and resources to try new tricks and make some magic, we’re excited to bring you consistent, delicious, family-made food.

The Spinato's Kitchen
The kitchen is a classroom. It teaches our family and our guests about where our food comes from and the process it goes through to become the delicious slice of heaven that ends up on your plate. It’s where we pass on classic techniques that started with Ken Spinato’s first pizzeria. But just as we learn from our origins, we know what we need to do to protect our future. We pride ourselves on practicing sustainable behaviors to reduce waste. Since everything we make in the Spinato’s Family Kitchen has your satisfaction and the wellbeing of our environment in mind, we know you’ll enjoy what comes out of it. Chow down, guilt free.

Employees of the Month – April ’18

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Employees of the Month – April ’18

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

Elizabeth Peppe

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce Elizabeth Peppe better known as “Liz”, as our Employee of the month. From the second she clocks in till the second the she clocks out she is all smiles. She is well diverse in almost all the jobs here, but you will mainly find her table side making sure that you and your Family have the Spinato’s Experience as your server. When Liz is not at work she enjoys hanging out with her friends, family and dogs!

Thank you, Liz, for all your hard work!!! 

Suzanne Riggs

North Phoenix Location

We’re proud to announce that Suzanne Riggs as our Employee of the Month. She’s hands down one of the top Servers in all the land. When she’s not enjoying the open road on her chopper, she’s busy making everyone in the restaurant laugh and providing the Spinato’s Experience to all her regulars. She’s such a blessing to Spinato’s, the staff and all the guests that come through the door while she’s working.

Thanks Suzanne!!!

Tera Leo

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Central Phoenix is proud to announce Tera Leo as our employee of the month.  Tera has been with us for 9 months and in that time has shown incredible growth.  Tera is always available to help our team out whenever we need and goes above and beyond for all our guests.  Tera is eager to learn and makes it a point to get better every day.  Her fun-loving personality is infectious and its always a pleasure working with her.  Tera takes great pride in the work she does and makes it a point to deliver the Spinato’s Experience to everyone she meets.

We are proud to call her our own. 

Felipe Agudo

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

This month’s EOM for the HOH is Felipe Agudo! Felipe has been part of our Central Phoenix family for two and a half years and I don’t know what we’d do without him. He is one of our full-time sauté cooks and he absolutely kills it on the line. What makes Felipe even more impressive is that not only does he work full time here at Spinato’s, but he has TWO other jobs at nearby restaurants. He works hard to take care of his family and always has a smile on his face while doing it. His positive attitude, incredible work ethic and Commitment to Excellence are a few of many reasons we’ve made him our EOM and we are so grateful to have him on our team.

Awesome job Felipe!

Cody Newman

Scottsdale Location

Cody has been a valued family member for 4 years now and is such a great asset to us here at Scottsdale! He crushes every station he works and always strives to have a good attitude and to work hard.  With his free time, Cody enjoys playing video games and EDM music.  He loves Disney music and does well when we play song trivia.  We appreciate you, Cody!

Thank you for all you do!

Mike Serna

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Store 5 is proud to announce Mike Serna as this month’s EOM. Serna is a full-time driver for us but also works as a lead. He goes out of his way to deliver the Spinato’s experience every chance he gets. When he isn’t working he is either jamming with his band or skateboarding.

Thank you, Serna, for all your hard work.

Ryan Sannes

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

The Ahwatukee location would like to announce our Heart of House Employee of the month, Ryan Sannes. Ryan has only been with us a little over two months but is a beast back in the kitchen. Starting as a dishwasher, Ryan quickly learned and mastered the prep portion of the kitchen as well. Though he is only in town for the summer, it’s been a blessing having him here. He’ll soon go back to Colorado to finish up school. When he isn’t at work rolling dough or grinding cheese, he is in the gym weightlifting or at the theaters watching the latest movies.

Thanks for all your hard work Ryan! Keep it up!

One Big Happy Pizza Family

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A new Family Headquarters for Spinato’s.

Our family is growing and moving forward together into Spinato’s best and brightest era. As we expanded, we needed some more elbow room—two stories and 25,000 square feet of it. Which is why our new Family Headquarters in Tempe suits our needs perfectly. It has two large conference rooms that will facilitate great ideas for Spinato’s next-big-thing. Making pizza is hard work so we have fun activities like cornhole, ping-pong and a “Ferrari” massage chair to help our team unwind.
Spinato's New Headquarters
Spinato's New Headquarters Entrance
In order to give our guests the best Spinato’s Experience, we give our family members the best training. We now have a training room that is outfitted to be a learning environment where fresh faces can discover our values and the history of our establishment. We hold monthly orientations for newbies, manager meetings for the established family members, team potlucks and karaoke being held there, too!

We’re extremely proud of everything our team has accomplished, but we’re even more excited for what’s to come! Keep a lookout for the next posts, focusing on our new spaces dedicated to our retail brand Spinato’s Fine Foods and our Family Kitchen, which creates new delicious items for our restaurants everyday.

Employees of the Month – March ’18

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Employees of the Month – March ’18

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

Brett King

Tempe Location

Tempe is proud to announce Brett King as our Employee if the month! Brett has been with us just shy of a year. In the year he has mastered all jobs in the Front of the house from driving, cashiering to even serving these days. Brett always has a smile on his face. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends or talking to his girlfriend that lives in Chicago! Brett is a true example of the Spinatos experience and for that we thank him!!!!

Awesome job Brett!

Kassandra Connelly

North Phoenix Location

Kassandra has been with us at Bell rd. for almost 2 years and she can do absolutely everything! She really brings a whole new level of teamwork and professionalism and has really inspired a lot of positive changes in our Bell road family. Outside of work she spends a lot of time in school and is passionate about math and science. Kassie has aspirations of moving into management and we know she’s going to be with us a long time. Say hi next time she delivers you a pizza or rings you up at the bar!

Thank you, Kassie, for being such an amazing team player and for all that you do!

Amber Sealey

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

Amber Sealey is our Front of House employee of the month! She has been holding it down on the to go side since we opened our 7th St. location. She is a constant ray of sunshine and keeps us happy with her wry humor and the amazing chocolate chip cookies she bakes for us every morning.

Thank you Amber, keep up the good work!

Taylor Sienicki

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Taylor has been with us for almost a year now. He has master sauté and has been self-taught on salad, sandwich and ovens. Taylor is the definition of teamwork, staying late and helping everyone no matter what. He always has a smile on his face and a pleasure to work with!

Congratulations and keep up the great work Taylor!

Veronica Brennan

Scottsdale Location

Roni has worked with Spinato’s for 4 years and is such a huge part of our team! On her time off, she loves to play with her pets and prepare for her Comicon adventures!  She gets along great with all her family members and we can’t imagine a team without her on it! Roni crushes GSR shifts on Friday to help us out and then does an amazing job on the floor and bar the rest of the week!

Thanks for all you do, Roni! We appreciate you!

Cooper Faucett

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to announce Cooper Faucett as our Front of House Employee of the Month. He has been with Spinato’s for about a year. You may see him cashing out your order on the to go side our seating you on the dine in side. Cooper has such an enthusiastic, happy personality and you’ll always see a smile on his face. Make sure to congratulate him the next time you’re in! Outside of work, Cooper is a junior at Mountain Pointe High School and loves working on cars and skateboarding with his friends. We are honored to have him here.

Keep up the great work and way to commit to excellence.

Morgan Thomas

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee would like to present our Heart of the House employee of the month to Morgan Thomas. She has only been with us for 3 months and is an outstanding employee. She is currently working Salad/Sandwich and runs these stations like a champ. Morgan is a very upbeat, happy, spirted young woman with a lot of compassion. When she isn’t at work, Morgan loves to spend time at the park with her son and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and tubing. Furthermore, she enjoys playing the guitar and writing her own music. She is all an around awesome lady and a pleasure to work with all the time.

Thanks Morgan for coming aboard and joining our Ahwatukee family.

Employees of the Month – February ’18

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Employees of the Month – February ’18

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

Alec Gray

Tempe Location

Alec joined the team just a little than a year ago. He started as a prep cook. We have seen a lot of growth, both in the company and in Alec over the last couple months. Many times, our guest come up to us and tell us what a great job We’ve done, but the truth is, without an amazing staff, like Alec, there is no way we would be in the position that we in today. Congratulations Alec and on behalf of the entire Tempe Spinato’s team thank you for your excellent work ethic, professional attitude and all-around dedication to what you do. We couldn’t do it without team members like you.

Awesome job!

Ethan Joe

North Phoenix Location

This month’s Employee of the month is Ethan Joe. He has been with our company for 1 month as dish washer and he has done a great job at it. We are already considering other positions for him to learn. Ethan likes hanging out with friends and skateboarding. He is also working on graduating high school and going to college on a wresting scholarship.

Thank you for all you do!

Andrea Gutierrez

Central Phoenix Location (Front of the House)

This month’s FOH EOM is Andrea Gutierrez! Andrea has been with us almost 8 months now and is killing it up front as one of our hostess’.  Andrea is currently in high school so she’s only here a few days a week, but her commitment to excellence is quickly moving her through the ranks to busser and cashier, and soon maybe even serving! Andrea may be a little quiet at first, but her bright smile and friendly personality will win you over when she’s welcoming you into our store.

Thank you for being a rock star Andrea!

Jason Groves

Central Phoenix Location (Heart of the House)

Jason has worked with us since Sep 2015, He mastered every single station and became a Certified trainer. Now he is our Shift Captain because he is always keeping an eye on everything to deliver the best quality in our food, showing and giving support to the team, Jason has shown us commitment to success and great perseverance over these years. His passion are sport luxury cars. And now he is getting ready to enter and win the America Ninja Warrior!!

Great Job Jason!

Brandon Dongell

Scottsdale Location

Here is our employee of the month Brandon Dongell.  Brandon has been back with us for a few months now after taking a leave for a bit to try other things, but they always seem to come back to us and Brandon came back better than ever.  He jumped right back in to the pizza station and has been killing it working every aspect of making our great pizzas.  He has great attention to detail and has quickly become a leader back there for us.  When he is not here slinging pizzas he is at home spending time with the fam or playing video games.  Welcome back and keep up the great work.

Thank you for all you do Brandon.

Hannah Lewis

Ahwatukee Location (Front of the House)

Ahwatukee is proud to announce Hannah Lewis as our Front of House Employee of the Month! Hannah has only been a part of our family since this past November. She works as a cashier answering the phone, putting together pick up orders and cashing out our guests. She has a smile that is so big you can’t help but smile back. She is always in an amazing mood, ready to work and is very humble. She is currently getting ready to go back to school for her nursing degree and become a Physician’s Assistant soon after.

We are super happy and proud of you, Hannah ~ Congrats!

Minerva Zenteno

Ahwatukee Location (Heart of the House)

Ahwatukee is proud to announce Minerva Zenteno as our Heart of House Employee of the Month. She has been with the company for almost 5 years now.  She holds down the salad/sandwich station Monday- Friday mornings.  We can feel when Minerva is not working a shift.  She has a wonderful and quite personality and that is what family is all about. Minerva loves spending time with her kids when she is at home. She is a true asset to our family here and we would be lost without her.

​Thank you for your hard work and dedication.