SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza opens second So Cal location

KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan. 21, 2014) – SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, honored with numerous awards for its food and concept, is opening its second Southern California location on January 21 in Los Alamitos. Named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie web site TheDailyMeal.com and a “Breakout Brand” in 2013 by Nation’s Restaurant News, SPIN! also has six locations in Missouri and Kansas.

The new Los Alamitos SPIN!, 11122 Los Alamitos Blvd., is being opened by SPIN!’s first franchisee, Hofman Hospitality Group (HHG),  which also owns 18 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, and four Hof’s Hut restaurants in Southern California. HHG plans to open a total of 37 SPIN! restaurants in Southern California during the next 5 to 10 years including a location in Huntington Beach this spring.

San Francisco Bay Area franchisee Parker Hospitality Group has an agreement to open five restaurants in 7 years in San Mateo County with an option to open another five in Santa Clara County.

With recipes developed in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith, SPIN!’s Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by a trade magazine, and its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards. Ranked number one by Zagat among Kansas City pizza restaurants, SPIN! has been awarded “best pizza” by numerous publications in its hometown of Greater Kansas City, where it also was honored for the city’s best gluten-free menu.

SPIN! is known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable premium wines.

In addition to a diverse selection of hand-spun, stone-fired traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free pizzas, SPIN! serves an array of appetizers, soups, salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato ice creams.

SPIN!’s homemade soups and salad dressings as well as its pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared daily from fresh produce and meats. SPIN! takes the unique step of roasting all toppings and ingredients in its stone hearth ovens each day, including mushrooms, caramelized onions, artichokes, and even capers, pecans, pineapple, pine nuts, and pancetta.

SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour including one specially imported from Italy, and its gluten free crust is renowned for its flavor and texture. SPIN! offers both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed tomato sauce) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted garlic olive oil glaze), and many hand-grated cheeses.

Known for a roster of affordable premium wines, SPIN! also makes homemade white, red and blood orange sangrias and offers a selection of craft beers.

In addition to its wines and artisan menu, SPIN! is recognized for its pioneering hybrid service model, which combines traditional fast-casual ordering in the restaurant’s lobby with a robust full-service experience at the table. The “premium fast-casual” system appeals to diners who want to control the speed of their meal without sacrificing service.

Founded in 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri, this is the second national concept created by SPIN! partners Gail and Richard Lozoff, Edwin Brownell, and Michael Kramer, who are experienced in large multi-unit expansion, franchising, and operations.