May 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, featuring an artisan menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, salads, sandwiches, and gelato, opened its third restaurant in Orange County at the Bella Terra outdoor shopping mall in Huntington Beach on May 12, 2014. The first Orange County SPIN! opened in Orange in May 2013 and the second opened in Los Alamitos in January. The restaurant concept also has six locations in the greater Kansas City area, where it was founded in 2005.
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.
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 a variety of hand-grated cheeses.
SPIN! also offers a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato. All of SPIN!’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings, and ingredients are prepared fresh daily from fresh produce and meats.
SPIN! also 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 is more appealing to diners, such as families and employees on lunch break, who want to control the speed of their meal without sacrificing service.
Wine enthusiasts will appreciate SPIN!’s approach, which centers on offering a wide variety of premium wines well below traditional full-service restaurant prices. Wines, which are rotated frequently, are presented in the lobby in the "SPIN! Bin." In Orange County, wines are priced at $18, $24, and $30 and feature a variety of boutique wines. SPIN! also offers white, red and Blood Orange Sangrias and a selection of craft beers.
SPIN! was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, 2005 by restaurant industry veterans Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell. The concept was envisioned after the team visited pizzerias across Italy and wanted to bring to the U.S. a similar, warm and fun modern dining experience that featured earthy flavors of Italy with a fresh and healthy emphasis. From the start, they have partnered with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith to create a broadly appealing and award-winning menu.
SPIN! now has six locations in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, plus three restaurants in Orange County, Calif., which were opened by SPIN!s first franchisee, the Hofman Hospitality Group (HHG). Based in Signal Hill, Calif., the HHG also owns and operates 18 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, and four Hof’s Hut restaurants in Southern California. HHG has plans to open 37 SPIN! restaurants in Southern California in the next 10 years.
"As we open our third SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza in Orange County, we are delighted by the reception we have already received here," said Craig Hofman, president, Hofman Hospitality Group. "We anticipate that our newest SPIN! at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach will also be a hit among local foodies, who crave our gourmet Neapolitan pizza and our Italian-inspired menu, plus our homemade gelato and affordable quality wines and craft beer."
SPIN! at Bella Terra is located at 7511 Edinger Avenue, near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue, in the northwest end next to the new "The Residences" apartment complex. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is (714) 892-7746. For more information, please visit www.spinpizza.com or www.facebook.com/spinpizza.