Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizza last week announced that it has acquired the local pasta maker Gnocchi Bar.

Founded and developed by chef Lisa Nakamura, the Gnocchi Bar concept has in recent years been available to the public in specialty stores. It also has been a dependable supplier of gnocchi to Tutta Bella: the product has been on its menus since 2018, according to a release.

“I’ve always been impressed by the way Tutta Bella puts quality and their guests first,” Nakamura said in the release. “Gnocchi Bar has had a big place in my heart for a long time, so it was important for me to make sure it can live on, and I know it’s in good hands with Joe and his team.”

According to the release, the acquisition of the Gnocchi Bar is the next step in a planned effort to expand the company’s product presence in grocery stores, as well as gain more traction across non-traditional distribution channels in the greater Pacific Northwest and the Puget Sound region.

“Over the past couple of years, there’s been a noticeable shift in consumer behavior, with many of our guests eating more and more of their meals inside their own home,” said Tutta Bella founder and CEO Joe Fugere in the press release. “It’s been even more evident during the pandemic and we’re working diligently to adjust and identify ways to reach guests beyond our restaurants.”

In addition to its brick-and-mortar offerings, Tutta Bella also has take-home dinner items available at 30-plus GFC locations.