October 09, 2013 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. – Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, featuring an artisan menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, salads, sandwiches, and gelato, plans to open two more Orange County, Calif. locations in Los Alamitos in December 2013 and in Huntington Beach at the Bella Terra mall in Spring 2014. Honored as a "Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants" in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com and as a "Breakout Brand" in 2013 by Nation’s Restaurant News, SPIN!® offers an exceptional menu made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and affordable premium wines in a distinct and welcoming environment.
The Los Alamitos SPIN! will be located at 11122 Los Alamitos Blvd. and the Huntington Beach restaurant will be built at the Bella Terra outdoor shopping mall. The first Orange County location opened in May 2013 in Orange, Calif., at the Stadium Promenade near Honda Center and Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
Founded in 2005 in Kansas City, Mo., by restaurant industry veterans Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, SPIN! has five locations in Kansas and Missouri with a sixth under construction. SPIN!’s first franchisee, Hofman Hospitality Group (HHG), has plans to open a total of 37 SPIN! restaurants throughout Southern California during the next 10 years. HHG, headquartered in Signal Hill, Calif., also owns 18 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, and five Hof’s Hut restaurants in Southern California.
"SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s unique menu is rooted in authentic Neapolitan flavors but adds a modern culinary twist that is something new to Southern California," said Craig Hofman, president, Hofman Hospitality Group. "We anticipate that our guests in Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach will be just as delighted as our loyal fans in Orange have been these past five months."
SPIN!’s menu was developed in conjunction with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith to create a broadly appealing menu that features authentic Neapolitan pizza, appetizers, soups, salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato.
SPIN! offers a diverse selection of hand-spun, stone-fired, traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole-wheat crust, and gluten-free pizzas. SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour including one imported directly from Italy, and its gluten free crust is renowned for its flavor. SPIN! takes great pride in roasting all toppings and ingredients in its stone hearth ovens each day, including mushrooms, caramelized onions, artichokes, and even capers, pecans, pineapples, pine nuts, and pancetta. SPIN! offers both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed Roma tomato sauce) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze), and many of its cheeses are hand-grated.
One of its more popular pizzas, the Margherita, was crowned one of the best dishes of 2012 by Restaurant Business magazine, and it has been awarded best pizza honors by numerous publications in its hometown of Kansas City where it is ranked number one pizza restaurant by Zagat.
SPIN! serves a variety of affordable premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices. 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, which is appealing to diners who want to control the speed of their meal without sacrificing service.
For more information, please visit www.spinpizza.com.