Seattle, Washington—Tutta Bella Executive Chef Brian Gojdics is featuring the “Pizza Umberto” as the month of April’s Pizza Speciale. Made with a combination of extra virgin olive oil, Pomodoro San Marzano, Genoa salami, roasted mushrooms, slivered garlic and fresh oregano, this particular pizza is made without cheese (yes – lactose intolerant pizza lovers – now you can have your pie and enjoy it too!). All of Tutta Bella’s pizzas are created on a thin, crispy authentic Neapolitan crust. The Pizza Umberto is priced at $12.50.
As this month’s Vino Speciale, Tutta Bella Westlake General Manager RC Jennings has selected the Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso. Not only is the name a big mouthful but so is the taste of this intense ruby red wine. Expect a full bouquet of cherry, plum, raspberry and strawberry aromas that are warming, well structured and smooth, with refined tannins and a background of fruit and spice notes. Lacryma Chrisiti translates as “tears of Christ” and is a reference to the legend of Lucifer’s fall from heaven. As the story goes, when Lucifer was cast out, he took a piece of heaven with him, which was dropped into the Gulf of Naples. When Christ saw the loss, he wept and where each tear landed, the first vines on earth grew. Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is one of the oldest wines from Italy’s Campania region and is the winery’s flagship bottling. The deep rich color comes from both the 100% Piedirosso grapes it is made from, as well as the rich volcanic soil near Mt. Vesuvius where they are grown. The wine is $9.50 by the glass and $38 for a bottle.
Tutta Bella mixologist extraordinaire Brandon Hamlett is also thinking spring strawberries as he garnishes the Cocktail Speciale – the Moto Guzzi – with a fresh one. Created from Italian brandy, Amaro Ramazzotti and Tuaca, this month’s featured drink is a tip-of-the-glass salute to the famous Italian motorcycle manufacturer and priced at $8.
Founded five years ago by Joe Fugere, Tutta Bella was Seattle’s first Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certified Neapolitan pizzeria and as such is held accountable to the Association’s high culinary standards. In addition to pizza, menu items include calzone, antipasti, signature salads, house-made desserts and gelato. Tutta Bella also serves Attibassi espresso, flown in weekly direct from Italy, which is prepared at the true Neapolitan style espresso bar, featuring a traditional lever-action Italian espresso machine made by Victoria Arduino.
Tutta Bella has now grown to four locations: the original in Columbia City and three others located in Stone Way, Westlake and Issaquah.
Columbia City 4918 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle 98118 (206) 721-3501
Issaquah 715 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah 98027 (425) 391-6838
Stone Way 4411 Stone Way North, Seattle 98103 (206) 633-3800
Westlake 2200 Westlake Avenue, Suite 112, Seattle 98121 (206) 624-4422