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Slicing Up Saugatuck

Today was hot and humid. But it’s never too hot for Saugatuck’s great Italian food, from places like Tutti’s and Tarantino’s.

Or Mexican (Viva’s, Cuatro Hermanos), Thai (Rainbow) or Japanese (Kawa Ni).

Every restaurant — including Dunkin’ Donuts — was represented at this afternoon’s Slice of Saugatuck.

So were stores, ranging from liquor (99 Bottles) to sports (Attic) to my favorite — not just in Saugatuck but all of Westport (Indulge by Mersene).

The 5th annual event was sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. Funds benefit the Gillespie Center food pantry. Slice is nice!

The line to sample Julian's pizza ran past Parker Mansion.

The line to sample Julian’s pizza ran past Parker Mansion.

Tutti's served up -- among other favorites -- spicy chicken.

Tutti’s served up — among other favorites — a tasty chicken dish.

Al DiGuido's Saugatuck Sweets scooped ice cream, on the plaza.

Al DiGuido’s Saugatuck Sweets scooped ice cream, on the plaza.

Things were quieter on the river, where Downunder offered kayaks.

Things were quieter on the river, where Downunder offered kayaks.

Bands -- rock, acoustic, even Caribbean -- played throughout Saugatuck. This group had a prime spot, at Bridge Square.

Bands — rock, acoustic, even Caribbean — played throughout Saugatuck. This group had a prime spot, at Bridge Square.

First Selectman Jim Marpe and his wife Mary Ellen hung out at the Black Duck.

First Selectman Jim Marpe and his wife Mary Ellen hung out at the Black Duck.

Cuatro Hermanos added a sombrero their rice and beans.

Cuatro Hermanos added a sombrero to their rice and beans.

A tae kwan do demonstration livened up Railroad Place. Shattered boards lie on the left.

A tae kwan do demonstration enlivened Railroad Place. Shattered boards lie on the left.

Is This A Great Town Or What?!

Just before 10 a.m. today, I posted a story about Tutti’s. A few minutes earlier, alert “06880” reader Roger Schwanhausser told me the popular Saugatuck restaurant was suffering. Last week, a driver crashed into the front window. Plywood covered the damage. Many customers thought Tutti’s was closed.

At 11:36 a.m., reader Jeff Kaufman commented: “they should post a big ‘OPEN’ on the plywood.”

Four minutes later, I responded: “Or maybe an artistic type could volunteer to paint ‘Open!’ and make it look really nice — not like graffiti.”

At 12:36 p.m., Mina de Haas — the subject of a recent “06880” story about local artists with in-home studios — wrote: “I think I know just that kind of person! 🙂 ” 

At 3:26 p.m., Jim Goodrich sent this photo:

Tutti's is open!

It’s now 4:29 p.m. It’s not even dinner time.

But when you get hungry, you’ll know where to go.

Ignore The Plywood: Tutti’s Is Open!

Tutti’s is one of those wonderful Westport restaurants: excellent, intimate, yet so small it’s sometimes off our where-do-we-go-tonight radar?

Tutti's logoThat’s tough enough, in these cutthroat culinary days. But now the Saugatuck jewel faces another challenge.

Last week, a driver caused severe damage to the front of the building.

No one was hurt. But a large piece of plywood still replaces a window.

The insurance company is taking its time processing the claim. It won’t allow the building to be repaired.

Tutti's parking lot was filled during the Slice of Saugatuck. The restaurant is an important part of the neighborhood.

Tutti’s parking lot was filled during the Slice of Saugatuck. The restaurant is an important part of the neighborhood.

Many folks think the restaurant is closed.

It’s not.

But if business doesn’t pick up, this gem — a family-owned favorite since 2002 — will suffer severely.

Owners Pasquale and Maria Funicello -- and their family -- keep Tutti's going.

Owners Pasquale and Maria Funicello — and their family — keep Tutti’s going.

So, “06880” readers, here’s a plea. If you’re a regular: Head back.

If you’ve never been to Tutti’s, head over to 599 Riverside Avenue. You won’t be disappointed.

Need any more encouragement? Click here for the menu!

One of the many delicious dishes at Tutti's.

One of the many delicious dishes at Tutti’s.

(Hat tip: Roger Schwanhausser)