2013 February: SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza named “Bacreakout Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News

Kansas City, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2012) SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has been named a Breakout Brand by Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) magazine. SPIN! is featured in “The NRN 50: Breakout Brands” issue released this week, which profiles “some of today’s hottest emerging concepts – ones making their marks with their innovative experiences and cutting-edge cuisines” writes editor Robin Lee Allen.

“NRN’s nationwide network of editors scouted their regions looking for unique up-and-coming brands to include. The criteria to qualify as a ‘Breakout Brand’ were both concrete and intuitive. Brands had to range in size from a couple of units to 75, have an interesting point of differentiation and have demonstrable expansion plans. Less easy to quantify but equally important, they had to be generating excitement among consumers, operator peers and potential investors,” notes Allen.

Since its founding in 2005, SPIN!® has grown to five Greater Kansas City locations with a sixth under construction. In addition, the first of 37 Southern California locations under development by the company’s initial franchisee will open soon.

This is the second national concept created by SPIN! co-owners Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, who are experienced in large multi-unit expansion, franchising, and operations.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a Breakout Brand by such a respected restaurant industry trade publication,” says Gail Lozoff. “It is a tremendous honor to be included on this list and we are grateful to our team members and guests who have helped us achieve this.”

Known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable premium wines, SPIN! has earned a raft of local and national awards for its food and atmosphere.

SPIN! has been named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com. Its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by a national restaurant magazine. In addition to being awarded “best pizza” honors by many Greater Kansas City publications, its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards.

SPIN!’s menu is created in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith. SPIN! serves a variety of hand-spun traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free stone fired pizzas, as well as an array of appetizers, soups, salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato ice creams. All of SPIN!’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared daily from fresh produce and meats.

SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour including one specially imported from Italy. All the toppings – such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, artichokes, even chicken sausage and pancetta (Italian bacon) – are roasted each morning in a stone hearth oven. A variety of cheeses are hand grated. The menu features both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed roma tomato base) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze).

SPIN! serves a variety of affordable premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices.

SPIN! also is known for its unique community outreach programs including free weekly guided bike rides with post-ride dining discounts during the summer.

About SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza
Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable premium wines. SPIN! has been named best pizza by every major Greater Kansas City publication, one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com, its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by Restaurant Business magazine, and its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards. SPIN!’s menu is created in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith. Founded in 2005, SPIN! has five locations with one more under construction in the Greater Kansas City area and has announced its first franchise will be located in Southern California. This is the second national concept created by SPIN! co-owners Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, who are experienced in large multi-unit expansion, franchising, and operations. www.spinpizza.com.