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Making his dough at The Pizza Spot
Sam Falzi – owner of The Pizza Spot – hand-spins dough in his trademark style before adding the ingredients. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Sam Fazli has paid his dues in the pizza business.

For more than a decade, Fazli has made the rounds through several Manteca establishments – including Straw Hat, Pizza Hut, and Sicily’s Pizza – before he finally decide to take the plunge into entrepenuership by opening his own restaurant in Stockton.

With four years of managing that enterprise under his belt, Fazli decided to open The Pizza Spot in the location that once housed long-time Manteca institution Patti’s Pizza – taking the next step in business by expanding to another site.

“I put in a lot of hard work for other people and I thought that it was time,” he said. “I love food and I’ve been cooking since I was 12 years old – pizza was always my favorite so this just seemed natural.”

But it’s not just the pizza that Fazli hopes will keep bringing in the customers to his Manteca parlor – which has been serving residents for the last two months.

The menu includes everything from burgers and sandwiches to salads and pastas – breaking the mold of the limited-menu pizza restaurant.

And by returning to the traditional pizza establishment, complete with tables and chairs, video games, and a juke box, Fazli hopes to create a family atmosphere that has disappeared from some of the take-out only pizza establishments that one time served sit-down customers.

“We have seating inside for almost 40 people and we have tables outside, and we offer free birthday parties for people – all that they have to do is order pizza,” he said. “My goal is to make this a fun place by offering people good food in a clean restaurant. We’re going to have weekly specials through coupons for our customers, and hopefully we’re going to be here to stay.”

The Pizza Spot – located at 449 N. Main Street – is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 239-3355.