We spent a delightful week with family in Seattle and were treated to our weekly pizza in outing at Tutta Bella. This is pretty darn impressive pizza, conforming to the standards of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana. (Who knew?) That’s real Neapolitan, my friends. Cooked in beautiful wood-fired ovens, you cannot get much closer to Naples-style than Tutta Bella.
We started with a salumi board and caponata. I have to say it was the best caponata I have eaten in the U.S. and competed favorably with my favorite, which Ric makes at home. The salumi board, while high quality, was sparse. We would easily get twice as much meat for the same price in Roma. This was barely enough to split.
The pizza menu has some creative ingredients, but as in Italy, they were not overloaded, allowing the crust to stand up to the ingredients and not become soggy. Pies also come in two sizes, one being a bit smaller than the Italian version intended for one person, and the larger option being big enough to share between two people if you have some antipasti or salads. At $15-16 for a large pizza, it is not cheap, but not a bad deal for two people. Wine is, as everywhere we’ve dined so far, expensive. I would guess, however, that the wineries still are not making a profit while the restaurants pocket the 3x to 4x markup.
Like many restaurants we have visited during our U.S. stay, it is a noisy place. With cavernous ceilings and little fabric, conversation and music reverberate. Great for boisterous families, but not a romantic hotspot.
Tutta Bella has five locations in the Seattle area. Give it a try if you are in Seattle. Go early or expect a line!
Pizza Quality: 2.5 I am breaking my rule about half-points. This pizza is truly better than a 2, but the crust was just not special enough for me to give it a 3. Nostrana had a better tasting crust
Service: 3 Not as familiar and invasive as some U.S. restaurants and excellent with small children. Our food was delivered promptly and piping hot.
Ambiance: 2 Cavernous and loud with minimal outdoor seating. Outdoor seating had little charm. A fun feature is the pizziaolo station where you can watch the pies being made and the prominence of the dual wood-fired ovens, Filomena and Pietro.
Total Points: 7.5
Returnability: Go-to Place – If you are in the Seattle area you will be happy you went to Tutta Bella