Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Seattle's first VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) Neapolitan pizzeria, has named the management team appointed to lead the company's fifth neighborhood location, set to open in Bellevue's Crossroads in late summer.
Mariano Valdovino will head up the culinary staff as kitchen manager, while Tyler Kopkas has been hired as general manager. Each has been promoted from within the company to manage the new Crossroads location.
Kopkas led Tutta Bella's Westlake location in the South Lake Union neighborhood following time at the Columbia City store.
Valdovino, a six-year Tutta Bella veteran, comes to Crossroads from Tutta Bella's Westlake location where he held the same title.
"Tutta Bella offers everything a person who's passionate about great food could ask for in a company, especially if you're passionate about pizza," Valdovino said. "Couple the opportunity to work with the best equipment and the best ingredients with a commitment to recognizing and then developing talent that is second to none, and you have an incredible working environment."
The 7,000-square-foot Crossroads location, designed in partnership with Mallet Design, will be Tutta Bella's largest to date, featuring 300 seats and a four-season patio. The restaurant is less than a mile from Microsoft's Bellevue campus.
In addition to the new Crossroads location, Tutta Bella has four locations throughout the Seattle market. The concept was founded in 2004.
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