Tutta Bella

Written by on December 28, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(tuttabellapizza.com) – Fremont

How I heard of this place: For years I had been hearing about this great pizzeria (best in the country according to a Pizza Magazine) and for some reason could not find a time to try it. Numerous parties, invitations, friends would gather there, but somehow I always had other plans or was out of the country. About eighteen months or two years ago, I finally went with my friend Tahirih. This visit was my second. Not my last.

Type of cuisine: Authentic Neapolitan pizzas, salads, primi, secondi, etc. “The pizza is formed by hand and is cooked quickly in a wood fired oven at 800 degrees for roughly 90 seconds. This creates a pizza that has the following characteristics: A light, fluffy cornicione (crust) with a patina of crunch. Flame blackened blisters along the cornicione (crust). A soft, credit card thin center. 11-12 inches in diameter. One of a kind, each is its own unique work of art.

Fast cooking time The addition of sauce, cheese and other toppings creates a pizza center that is generally soft and/or wet. This does not mean that the pizza is undercooked and is a typical characteristic of authentic Neapolitan pizza. With this is mind, Neapolitans traditionally eat their pizzas uncut with a knife and fork.

At Tutta Bella, our tradition is to cut our pizzas so they can be shared amongst everyone at the table. We encourage you to try your pizza the traditional way – uncut with a knife and fork, or folded ”a libretto” style.”

The General Manager of the Stone Way location shares, “My name is Jamie Sprott. Welcome to Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria – Stone Way. Our location is a favorite for families as well as both large and small groups. I invite you to come in and sit in front of Pietro & Filomena, our two beautiful wood fired ovens, and watch Chef Javier and his staff as they create authentic Neapolitan pizzas for your enjoyment. My amazing staff and I look forward to your visit and sharing with you our stories of how we brought a little piece of Italy to Wallingford! Ciao.”

Ambiance: Large interior space with windows around half of the restaurant. The wooden tables and chairs, the clattering of dining ware and the sounds of families chattering away over thin-crust pizzas and other simple fare welcome entering patrons.The two wood fired ovens are open to view, as is the dough counter, where mounds of pizza dough await your order, then are freshly tossed, topped and baked. The staff are very friendly, efficient and seem genuinely happy to be there. “Tutta Bella Stone Way is the perfect place to have your large gathering whether it’s a birthday, retirement party, soccer team or just a group of friends out for a night of great food and fun.”

What I ordered: The last two of us in our party of nine to arrive were pleasantly surprised that all of the food was ordered and at the table when we got there. To start, the table enjoyed two salads. The first, Insalata Mista ($11) with fresh field greens, sweet red onions, white beans, matchstick carrots, kalamata olives, house roasted red peppers, served in a white balsamic vinaigrette and the addition of crumbled gorgonzola ($1.50). The second, Insalata di Salerno ($12) with fresh mozzarella, crunchy shaved fennel, cherry tomato halves, cucumbers, basil, romaine, tossed in a dijon-balsamic vinaigrette. We had several pizzas at the table. Those that I was able to get my hands on included the Giovanni ($13) made with extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato halves, prosciutto di Parma, fresh arugula, shaved parmigiano reggiano, the Regina Margherita ($11) prepared with Pomodoro San Marzano, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, the Mediterranea ($12.50), with extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, marinated eggplant, roasted peppers, roasted mushrooms, fresh basil and the Campania ($12.50) with Pomodoro San Marzano, Isernio’s chicken sausage, fresh mozzarella, oil cured olives, red chile flakes, fresh basil.

What I loved: While I was least excited about the Mediterranea, it was the most flavorful, followed by the pizza margherita and the Giovanni. The salads were well-dressed and full of healthy vegetables. The thin-crust pizzas to die for and consistently delicious, prepared individually and presented beautifully as they are completely baked and ready to be served.

Why I loved it: The busy, bustling, family, neighborhood joint that serves delicious pizza and caters to large parties cannot be beat! The friendly staff and the ease and familiarity of the space, whether it is your first visit or your tenth are a welcome embrace and the perfect complements to any dinner out.

Cost: Average ($9-$13 per pizza)

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