Executive Chef Michael Smith of SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has been named the Chef Innovator of the Year by industry authority Nation’s Restaurant News. The MenuMasters Awards recognize winners for creating menu items that the magazine’s editorial board has “judged to have had a significant impact on the industry”. They describe Smith as “a standard-bearer for culinary excellence for the past 20 years”.

Smith, the first Kansas City chef named a James Beard Award winner, has directed the culinary development of SPIN!® Pizza’s menu and recipes since it prepared to open its first location in 2005. SPIN! Pizza’s food and concept also have won numerous awards including being named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com.

Known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable premium wines, SPIN!’s homemade soups, made-from-scratch salad dressings, as well as its pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared fresh daily from fresh produce and meats. SPIN! also offers an array of appetizers, soups, amazing salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and all natural gelato ice creams.

 SPIN! serves a diverse selection of hand-spun, stone-fired traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free pizzas. SPIN! takes the unique step of boosting the flavors by 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 Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the best dishes of the year among all the restaurants in the nation by Restaurant Business magazine, it’s ranked number one by Zagat among Kansas City pizza restaurants, it has been named Best Pizza by numerous Greater Kansas City publications, and it’s been awarded Best Gluten-Free Menu.

In addition to its food, SPIN! is renowned for its rotating roster 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.

 SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has six area locations. 

4950 Main in Kansas City

1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit.

6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park

14230 W. 119th St. in Olathe

9474 Renner Blvd. in Lenexa

8224 Mission Rd. in Prairie Village.

For more information, visit www.spinpizza.com.