Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria (Columbia City)

4918 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 721-3501
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Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Categories: Bar, Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • The five Tutta Bellas (Tuttas Bella?) specialize in certified Neapolitan pies: thin-'n'-blistery crust made with fresh ingredients, from the hammy prosciutto e rucola to the legendary pizza ensalata alla Tutta Bella (a pizza with a salad on top). For chain pizza, you could do a lot—A LOT—worse.
  • Features: Family Friendly (nice to babies), Good for Groups and To Go
  • Cuisine: Italian and Pizza
  • Price Range: $-$$

Bar Details

Other Locations

Green star Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

715 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA, 98027 (Eastside)
(425) 391-6838

Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Green star Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

4411 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA, 98103 (Wallingford)
(206) 633-3800

Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Green star Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

2200 Westlake Avenue, Suite 112
Seattle, WA, 98121 (South Lake Union)
(206) 624-4422

Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Green star Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA, 98008 (Eastside)
 
 

Average Rating:
  • 3.47000/5 Stars.
Reviews/Comments (17) RSS

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17

Such good pizza...delicious vegan

With such a nice selection of veggie toppings and such a perfect crust this pie doesnt taste as though its at a loss if youre vegan. No cheese or meat- no problem...Im always very happy with the pizzas I have here.
Posted by cheriepicked on September 20, 2008 at 8:55 AM · Report this
16

Great place to eat on a nice summer day

Great place to go if you want to splurge on a nice lunch or dinner. Prices range from $11 dollars for a pizza and salads are about $7. They have a great dessert menu if your into dessert being the best part of the meal. Great place to go on a date or to take parents who come into town. The atmosphere is very relaxing and quiet nice compared to the hussell and bussell of other restaurants.
Posted by Susie on July 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM · Report this
15

Another Tutta Bella Fan!

I agree, this is the best pizza in town. The crust is delicious - particularly the slight char. The sauce is flavorful, toppings are applied sparingly and don't overwhelm. This place can be a good deal - a small salad is plenty for two to share, and you could then get one or two pizzas. Free delicious coffee if you buy dessert. Don't miss the gelato. And our daugher loves the wiki-sticks.
Posted by Susansea on February 8, 2008 at 7:57 PM · Report this
14

Not my favorite

First, terrible acoustics, sounds like a tinny cafeteria and even worse when there are families crowded in. Like other posters, I find the Pizza to be mushy in the middle. Sometimes you get a really good one, but it is inconsistent. The servers are nice, but the lines are often long.
Posted by Pickle Dee Dee on November 1, 2007 at 10:43 AM · Report this
13

Best Pizza in Town

Great Neapolitan-style pizza done with love and care. This restaurant took the true Italian DOCG concept and even takes their staff to Italy every year for training. The only issue is too many people know about and it always seems crowded. Must try the gelato and tiramisu (they have to be the best in town) and the salads are also very good.
Posted by Bruce on October 22, 2007 at 11:42 AM · Report this
12

good pie & service too

very good hospitatlity. on days with long lines, they distribute red wine to the wait-in-line masses. my favorite -- the pie with proscuitto, fresh parmesan slices and arugula is unique and absolutely delightful.
Posted by seattleduo on October 7, 2007 at 10:34 PM · Report this
11

My favorite pizza

The pizza's are not cheap, but they are worth it if you know what to order. Also, there are always a lot of families and children, so if thats a problem, don't both coming. I recommend, the Tutta Bella Mista salad to start. Then either a Bianca with rosemary ham or the prosciutto and arugula pizza. Their special fig pizza which is served in August/September is amazing. And to finish off the meal, they have a delicious tirumisu.
Posted by stella12345 on August 23, 2007 at 9:36 AM · Report this
10

That's some goooood pizza!

Being from the east coast, I'm picky about pizza, and this is some seriously good pizza. I wish they delivered--the atmosphere was too cafeteria-like with a "family friendly vibe." But I'll be back.
Posted by Pizza bagel on August 15, 2007 at 1:44 PM · Report this
9

Always a wait, food is good but not that special

I like thin crust and it's good crust, but otherwise not a remarkable place. It's got quite a buzz on and there's almost always a crowd. More of a scene than a great dining experience. Decent wine list, but Italian only, and they don't serve anything other than pizza.
Posted by newgirlintown on July 25, 2007 at 9:13 PM · Report this
8

Good food, but overpriced

The pizza is tasty and not standard fare, and the wine selection is pretty good. Unfortunately it is way over priced. Definately a place to check out, however.
Posted by mtnmd15 on July 11, 2007 at 9:48 PM · Report this
7

Very, very average

The pizza is just average, and the comment about too salty dough is accurate. This is nothing special at all and quite average even for wood oven pizza. If you want the real thing try Cafe Lago. For that matter, Pagliacci has better pizza, if not "certified", which after all is just marketing BS anyway.
Posted by vincenzo on July 10, 2007 at 12:22 AM · Report this
6

Pleased my fussy, foodie mom

My mom's a challenge to please - she's worked in the food/service industry for years and currently works as a concierge in Boston. While visiting recently I took her to the Columbia City location for dinner. It was my first visit as well so I held my breath, hoping it would live up to the good reviews and make her happy. They seated us at a tiny table squashed between a family with multiple children and a rather large couple, which wasn't a great way to kick things off. However, our server was friendly and competent and met all of my mother's demands quite graciously. Neither of us were too impressed with the wine list, we tried several different samples before we gave up on finding a bottle we both liked and just ordered by the glass. Thumbs up were given to our Tutta Bella Misto salad although the fact that our pizzas arrived just seconds after the salad did was disappointing (mom's a slow eater). The pizza course was thankfully, excellent, and mom was placated once again (I did notice the soggy middle but mom's was hidden by the pile of arugala that came on her pie). On top of that, she was wowed by the tiramisu and excellent espresso, which is difficult to do when one is used to the great food and espresso of Boston's North End. The live jazz was a nice bonus too.
Posted by RatGirl on June 18, 2007 at 3:19 PM · Report this
5

Too chewy

I was really looking forward to Tutta Bella opening up as I live two blocks away, but I was very disappointed. Though they have a wood-fired oven and supposedly make authentic Neapolitan pizza, I have had better, even in Seattle. I prefer my crust thin and crisp and I found Tutta Bella's too chewy and salty. The sauce and toppings were fine, but not memorable.
Posted by elswinger on June 1, 2007 at 11:26 AM · Report this
4

This is a place to bring kids

The special thing about this place is that it is really kid friendly and at the same time pretty darn adult friendly. That is an almost unheard of combo and if I were a parent I'd be jumping at it. The best pizza in fact is the kids plain old cheese pizza. Try it. Also as people have pointed out the salads are one of their best features. even I think they're pretty good and I don't really like salad in general. If you don't have kids, don't see why you'd bother unless you live over there.
Posted by Charles on May 24, 2007 at 7:50 AM · Report this
3

Well, but

In their defense: The salads are good and large enough for a vegivore to be happy about for the price. The service / food-to-table is VERY FAST -- which is a big plus if you're not up for an hour wait somewhere else. The big, open, loudness -- I like it. I mean, you're going someplace else anyways if the 'ambience' isn't your scene. I agree about the pizza, though. I like it well enough -- the above knocks on it are accurate, but that doesn't bother me enough to skip going altogether.
Posted by Pizzle on May 18, 2007 at 12:05 PM · Report this
2

Not as Authentic As They Wish

The previous reviewer's comment about soggy middles is right on. They've got the oven and the ingredients and apparently the certification, but their pizzas are way too limp and, dare I say it, doughy to qualify as "Neapolitan". They're also not very big, which is fine, except they're priced as if they were. The room is huge and loud, all glass and hard floor, and can be chaotic. Their service is "annoyingly professional" if that makes any sense; you get the feeling you're talking to a robot who will be taken out back and disassembled if they say ANYTHING off the script. It's a little theme parkey to me. Just OK, which is very disappointing to me.
Posted by Fnarf on May 16, 2007 at 3:13 PM · Report this
1

Overpriced for what it is

Not sure how this was categorized as "cheap eats" since a pizza is about $11 and by the time you get anything else (drink, salad) the price for a meal has gone up to $20 for one person. The food is generally good but I just got tired of my wife and I walking out of there and paying close to $50 for what amounted to salad and pizza. And if you are kid-averse, be careful what hour you go as it turns into Kiddie Land from about 5pm to 6:30pm.
Posted by Tim K. on May 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM · Report this

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