Spin is one of those places that would be easy to frequent on a regular basis. Want a quick salad at lunch? Go to Spin. Pizza before a movie or basketball game? Go to Spin. Gelato after the movie or game? Spin. Can’t decide where to go? Spin. You get the idea. It’s easy to get in and out, it’s reasonably priced, you can have a different salad and/or pizza combo every time and there’s a location near you, no matter where in the metro you reside. Did I mention that Spin makes awesome pizza? Maybe not the blistering, bubbly crusts of my Pizza Bella dreams, but thin and chewy, with high quality toppings.
The menu is on the wall to peruse while you wait your turn to place an order with the cashier. I like the small pizza and salad combo, which could formerly only be ordered at lunch–now it’s available at dinner as well. My favorites? For starters, the Sonoma salad with blood orange vinaigrette, goat cheese, apples and candied pecans, though I can easily be talked into the spinach salad. I love the #13, a white pizza with caramelized onions, fig marmalade and Gorgonzola. (You can tell from the picture how much I enjoy it–I took a piece before I remembered to snap the picture!). The pizza is normally made with goat cheese, but I prefer the pungency of blue cheese.
Twenty wines picked by the experts from Cellar Rat are displayed up front so you can study them while you are in line. The menu suggests wines that pair well with the signature pizzas, which takes the guesswork out of the selection. The other plus is that the wines are all under $20 a bottle.
Once you place an order, your work is done. All that’s left is to pick out a table, where a server will find you (by the number on the wood block the cashier gives you), and do some people-watching until your salad is promptly delivered. The pizza will follow at a proper pace. (At lunchtime they are delivered on one plate to hasten your return to work.) The Lozoffs (remember Bagel and Bagel?)are experienced restaurant operators, they’ve got this thing figured out.