Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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February 5, 2013

Booster club honors student athlete

The Issaquah High School Booster Club recently honored Hunter Sapienza with its Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete Award.

The award is given to a senior who has shown outstanding accomplishments as an athlete, as a student and in the community.

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Pizzeria offers ‘Slice of Hope’ for breast cancer awareness

October 12, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 12, 2012

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering breast cancer patients a Slice of Hope by donating 20 percent of sales Friday to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle.

Tutta Bella operates restaurants in Issaquah and Seattle.

Slice of Hope unites pizzerias across the nation to fight breast cancer. Funds raised across the country support the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers, including those at UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“Tutta Bella wants to help end this disease,” Tutta Bella founder Joe Fugere said in a statement. “That’s why from now until the Oct. 12 event we will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 for any donations made at Tutta Bella in addition to donating 20 percent of sales on Oct. 12.”

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Cycle the WAVE rides to Issaquah High School

September 4, 2012

When Samantha Garrard heard the statistic that one in three teenage girls will experience domestic violence, she was floored and moved into action.

“That’s a really staggering statistic,” she said.

Garrard, an Issaquah High School senior, had friends who struggled with domestic violence. It’s one of the things that prompted her to get involved with Cycle the WAVE, an all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors.

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Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria offers complimentary gelato for children

August 7, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 7, 2012

Children can score a complimentary gelato cone at Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria until Labor Day.

In the promotion every child younger than 12 can receive a Lilliput Pizzelle Cornetto — a waffle cookie rolled into a small cone, filled with a vanilla or chocolate scoop of Bottega Italiana gelato.

Lilliput, or Lilliputian, is taken from the island of miniature people in “Gulliver’s Travels” and is a moniker popularly used in Italy for children, as well as for small items or portions.

“This is for the kids, our biggest little fans,” restaurant owner Joe Fugere said. “We wanted to express our gratitude and love, and say thank you to the more than 6,000 parents who voted, their Lilliputians and the community at large who have made Tutta Bella the incredible success it is today.”

Tutta Bella operates in Issaquah at 715 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The local chain also operates restaurants in Seattle’s Columbia City, South Lake Union and Wallingford neighborhoods.

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Issaquah chef prepares pizza for president to eat aboard Air Force One

February 28, 2012

Michael Cisneros (clockwise from left), Dan Piecora Jr., Brian Gojdics, Joe Fugere and Emily Resling stand on the steps of Air Force One. By Tom Schabarum

The unusual delivery order originated far from the Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria restaurants in Issaquah and Seattle — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.

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Dine out for disaster relief at Tutta Bella

May 10, 2011

Order a pizza at Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, 715 N.W. Gilman Blvd., and assist disaster-relief efforts in Japan at the same time.

Through May 31, Tutta Bella pledged a dollar-for-dollar donation match of customers’ donations up to $5,000 for earthquake and tsunami relief. The restaurant is hoping to raise more than $10,000 through the effort. Each diner can designate a dollar amount of his or her choice on the check at the end of the meal.

Diners can also donate at the Tutta Bella restaurants in Seattle.

Tutta Bella plans to donate the funds to Mercy Corps, a Portland, Ore.-based relief organization, to bring the emergency supplies and care to residents in devastated areas. The earthquake and tsunami struck March 11 and killed almost 15,000 people.

Tutta Bella has strong ties to Japan through the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the organization responsible for certifying Neapolitan-style pizzerias. Outside of Italy, Japan and United States share the distinction of having 35 or more certified pizzerias, Tutta Bella Director of Operations Joyce Morinaka said.

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Dine out for a cause April 28

April 26, 2011

Order a pizza at Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, 715 N.W. Gilman Blvd., and raise funds for AIDS research at the same time April 28.

The restaurant is participating in the nationwide event Dining Out for Life. A percentage of all proceeds benefits Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against hunger. The event is expected to raise $4 million to support regional HIV/AIDS service organizations across the United States.

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Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

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Posters encourage residents to read

February 22, 2011

With hectic lives filled with chores, errands, work and school, who has time to sit down and read a good book?

Aware of the constant time crunch, the King County Library System developed a time coupon through its Take Time to Read program.

“Chores can wait,” the coupon reads, “Take Time to Read.”

“I flash that one at my family and say, ‘The dishes are going to be there 10 minutes from now,’” Issaquah Library Site Manager Philis Bodle said. “You don’t need a great big block of time to read — five minutes here, 10 minutes there.”

The reading coupons are only one facet of Take Time to Read. It also includes the Winter Reading for Adults program, in which adults 18 or older can tell the library how they took time to read and win prizes for their submissions.

Enter the contest before March 31 at for the chance to win gift cards to local stores, including Starbucks, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Barnes & Noble and University Book Store.

Participants can also enter on Facebook by searching for Take Time to Read.

“The kids have all the fun in the summer, so we thought, ‘Let’s let adults have some fun, too,’” library system public relations specialist Marsha Iverson said.

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