Spinelli’s Pizza is different. Different because it is not Italian, New York, or Chicago style pizza. It is Philly style pizza. What that means is a bit less cheese and a little more sauce. It also means great flavor. They are definitely doing something right because the place is jumping most evenings and on into the night.
While the pizza style is Philly, the franchise owners are from Tullahoma, Tennessee, and the company’s home base is Louisville, Kentucky. So, it’s roots are deep in the south.
“The owners, Nick Smith and Cam Newton, fell in love with the concept and worked out a
deal with the company to have franchise rights in all of Tennessee,” said General Manager, Rachel Kirkland. “The first restaurant is in Tullahoma, because that is where Nick and Cam are from, but they plan to open more, and Murfreesboro seemed like the natural place to open the second store.”
Specialty pizza choices include Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken and Waffles, Barbecued Chicken, and Loaded Baked Potato. The Chicken and Waffle pizza has a sweet base, with fried chicken, waffle bits, and it is covered in maple syrup. They also have a breakfast pizza called “Walk of Shame,” which has eggs, cheese, potato, and a choice of sausage, bacon, or ham. You can also add veggies is you’d like.
“Our most popular pizza is a toss-up between good old-fashioned cheese or pepperoni,” added Kirkland.
Also on the menu are appetizers, sandwiches, Stromboli, salads and wings. The wings come in five flavors: garlic parmesan, mango habanero, bourbon sriracia, buffalo, and barbecue. For dessert, they have fried s’mores, fried Oreos, and cannoli.
For those who are looking for a healthier crust, Spinelli’s has just added a cauliflower crust pizza. They serve it plain, but it is great made into a Margherita Pizza.
“We try to be as gluten-free as possible with the cauliflower pizza, but there is some contamination in the kitchen, so we do try to warn those who are highly sensitive,” said Kirkland.
Kirkland also says that the crust and sauce are made locally from a top-secret recipe. The owners come periodically and whip up the base, so locally all they have to do is add flour for the dough and tomato sauce for the base.
“In Tullahoma, Nick and Cam have two restaurants right next to each other, Spinelli’s and Daddy Billy’s. We wanted to do the same thing here, calling the other restaurant “Nick Newton’s,” but it hasn’t worked out yet,” said Kirkland. “But we have a full bar here, where the Spinelli’s in Tullahoma only has beer.”
Their top mixed drink is a Newton’s LIT, their own special twist on a Long Island Tea. They also make Lynchburg Lemonade, and an assortment of specialty martinis.
Local beers are a priority at Spinelli’s and they have beers from Mayday, Jackalope, East Nashville Brewing, Bearded Iris, Tennessee Brew Works, Blackberry Farms, Steel Barrel, and many more.
“We have entertainment most nights,” said Kirkland, “including Smash Brothers video games on Mondays, Trivia on Thursdays, and entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Wednesday’s it’s pretty low key.”
211 West Main Street
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 am until midnight
Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am until 4:00 am