This morning, Bellevue Patch shared some good news for Eastsiders: Tutta Bella is opening a location at Crossroads Bellevue. It will be the pizza chainlet’s fifth location. Owner Joe Fugere says the company has been considering new Eastside locations for years, but he’s especially excited about this one because it’s a bit removed from the “hustle and bustle” of Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, thus easier for Tutta Bella’s child-having fan base to get to.
Oh, and the fact that the new Tutta Bella is a mile and a half from Microsoft doesn’t hurt, either. Fugere says the new space will have a meeting room that will seat 100 and will be set up for audio-visual capabilities. Another plan that has him especially excited: A glassed in, temperature-controlled patio area that can be used at least three seasons out of the year, and hopefully four depending on cost, permits, and other unromantic realities. “It can let all this natural light—when we do get natural light...or sun,” he says. Cafe Flora’s garden room provided some serious inspiration.
Given the major buildout, Tutta Bellevue should open this fall, or hopefully late summer if the construction gods oblige. Like its siblings in Columbia City, Issaquah, South Lake Union, and on Stone Way, this one will undergo VPN certification, says Fugere. “It will require the Italians to come out and visit.” Unlike other locations, this one will have pizza ovens actually built in Italy.
Speaking of glassed-in structures, the Stone Way Tutta Bella is getting ready to unveil what Fugere calls the jewel box lounge. It’s his way of giving customers a choice between the kid-filled dining room and quieter, more adult environs. The lounge—essentially a glass box inside the restaurant—debuts Monday with a new Italocentric cocktail list devised by beverage manager Tyler Kopkas, most recently the GM at Local Vine, and barman Jon Henningson. Think fresh-squeezed juice, aperitivi, Sicilian liqueurs, amari, and local spirits from Oola. That list will make its way to other Tutta Bella locations March 25.