Award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, featuring an artisan menu of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, salads, sandwiches, and gelato, will open its second Orange County location on January 21 in Los Alamitos. 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! is located at 11122 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, Calif. 90720.
Founded in 2005 in Kansas City, Mo., by restaurant industry veterans Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, SPIN! has six locations in Kansas and Missouri. In May 2013, SPIN!’s first franchisee, Hofman Hospitality Group (HHG), opened the first Southern California location at the Stadium Promenade in Orange, near the Honda Center and the Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
HHG, headquartered in Signal Hill, Calif., plans to open a total of 37 SPIN! restaurants in Southern California during the next five to 10 years, including one at Bella Terra outdoor shopping mall in Huntington Beach due to open this spring. HHG also owns 18 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, and four Hof’s Hut restaurants in Southern California.
“Since opening our first California location in Orange last May, more and more local foodies have come to appreciate SPIN!’s delicious Neapolitan-inspired menu, affordable premium wines and an animated and friendly atmosphere,” said Craig Hofman, president, Hofman Hospitality Group. “We are so pleased to bring the SPIN! dining experience to Los Alamitos where we’ve already been so welcomed. I’d like to invite everyone in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and surrounding neighborhoods to now join us as we open our doors on January xx.”
With recipes developed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith, SPIN!’s menu has broad appeal and 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.