Tutta Bella to serve free pizzas next week to celebrate award
August 12, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2010
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria will start serving free pizza Monday to celebrate the latest honor the Seattle-based mini-chain has received: Independent Pizzeria of the Year.
Tutta Bella bested more than 33,000 independent pizza restaurants nationwide to earn the title from Pizza Today, a trade publication. Founder Joe Fugere plans to celebrate by offering a free pizza to every table from Monday to Aug. 22.
The offer applies to both lunch and dinner for dine-in guests only. The freebie is not valid with any other offer.
Last June, Fugere opened a restaurant in Issaquah at 715 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The chain includes pizzerias in Seattle in Columbia City, South Lake Union and Wallingford.
“Every independent pizzeria operator dreams of winning this award” Pizza Today Editor in Chief Jeremy White said in a news release. “I have personally visited Tutta Bella four different times over the years, and I’ve never left any of the company’s four locations without feeling absolutely blown away by the superior food quality, service, attention to detail, ambiance, you name it. This might well be the perfect pizzeria.”
Tutta Bella is the first Vera Pizza Napoletana in the Pacific Northwest. The certification means pizza made at Tutta Bella pizzerias meets exacting standards set by the Italian government.
Fugere founded Tutta Bella in 2004. The company has grown from eight employees at the Columbia City restaurant to 180 employees spread across Seattle and Issaquah.
“Tutta Bella celebrates a much simpler time when people didn’t cook with fryers and microwaves, when chefs cracked eggs and made salad dressing from scratch. This has come to be referred to as ‘artisan cooking’” he said in the release. “I strive to run my business with a 100-year mentality; I want my restaurants — and the communities in which they exist — to thrive long after I’m gone.”