Tutta Bella served more than $100,000 in free pizzas last week

August 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 27, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizza doled out more than 8,000 free pies during a customer appreciation campaign last week.

The mini-chain offered free pizzas after garnering recent awards from the National Restaurant Association and the Washington Restaurant Association, plus the Independent Pizzeria of the Year honor from Pizza Today, a trade publication.

Tutta Bella served 8,451 pizzas — worth more than $100,000 — to about 20,000 diners during the weeklong campaign at pizzerias in Issaquah, Columbia City, South Lake Union and Wallingford.

The day after the free-pizza promotion started, Tutta Bella founder Joe Fugere met President Obama at a Seattle roundtable for small business owners. Later, in remarks in Pioneer Square, Obama talked about the challenges Fugere faced to open the Issaquah restaurant.

“Honestly, in our wildest dreams, our small restaurant family couldn’t have imagined seven days more jam packed with outreach, joy and appreciation,” Fugere said in a news release.

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