Tutta Bella

Written by on March 28, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(tuttabellapizza.com) – Westlake neighborhood of South Lake Union, Seattle, Washington 

Tutta Bella SLU

How I heard of this place: Theoretically “the Northwest’s first and most celebrated authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. We use the finest imported ingredients and century old artisan traditions to bring the definitive Neapolitan pizza experience to our guests” I had only ventured to the Fremont establishment a couple of times before, four years later, finding my way to the one in our neighborhood!

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.

Tutta Bella SLU Kitchen & Restaurant

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.

Tutta Bella SLU Loft

Ambiance: “Perched above it all in our loft or sipping a crafted cocktail and enjoying the incredible view of the Space Needle from our patio, you can feel the roar of Carolina, our wood-fired oven. Chat with our cooks while dining at our thirty foot long chef’s table, carved from an old growth elm that fell in the windstorm of 2006.” This large, open establishment boasts windows on every side as one dines above the streets and passerby below. Overlooking the Denny Triangle gives a quiet escape to life inside the amber glow of Tutta Bella, where hipsters wine and dine among their happy hour buddies.

Tutta Bella SLU Bar

What I ordered: In our party of four we first enjoyed the Insalata Napoli ($12) with Romaine ribbons, salami, chicken breast, crumbled pancetta, tomato, carrot, artichoke, kalamata olives and gorgonzola.

Tutta Bella SLU Insalate Napoli

For our main entree, and to utilize a coupon we received in the mail, we chose two pizzas to share. First, the Lorenza ($14.50) with Isernio’s Italian sausage, mama lil’s pepper, roasted onion, garlic, fresh mozzarella, provola and oregano.

Tutta Bella SLU Lorenza

And the Ciro ($14) with prosciutto di Parma, mushroom, fresh mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Tutta Bella SLU Ciro

What I loved: The salad. The thin crusts. The slightly crisped prosciutto. The Ciro.

Why I loved it: The busy, bustling, neighborhood joint that serves delicious pizza and caters to parties of all sizes 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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