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Pizza and salad at Cosa Buona in Echo Park
Cosa Buona, Echo Park
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Cosa Buona Reimagines the Corner Pizza Joint in Echo Park

Chef Zach Pollack’s casual newcomer keeps a fully classic menu

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Alimento chef Zach Pollack is ready to unveil his next creation, a new school Italian-American restaurant called Cosa Buona that has pizza delivery in its blood. This is the former Pizza Buona space in Echo Park after all, which survived for decades as a reliable pie place for the area. Now it’s Pollack’s turn to make curled pepperoni cups and mozzarella sticks a part of the Eastside conversation again.

First up for discussion is the space, a tightly packed corner location with windows looking out onto both Sunset and Alvarado. Two and four-tops hug the outer railing of the tall room, while a nearby trio of black and wooden booths can seat up to four diners a side. The rest of Cosa Buona is buoyed by the bar, a funky stone thing that’s much richer than the blasé white marble found everywhere else in town. The back bar is tiled in sea green and shelved with a variety of by-the-glass red and white wine options, plus craft beer if you’re into that.

A chunk of the kitchen sits to the back, with a big glass window that lets prying eyes admire the wood-burning oven where pies fly in and out all night long. That’s where Pollack gets down to work, turning pepperoni and Hawaiian pizzas that ultimately emerge with a signature leopard spotting and wide brim.

The menu is a casual ode to those nights at home with delivery food from a nearby red sauce joint, from the eggplant parm to the shrimp scampi. You’ll also find meatballs, a calzone, fried calamari, and all the other classics you’ve been searching for beyond the impenetrable Jon & Vinny’s line. The full opening menu is below, and soon you’ll be able to get the full menu delivered right to your doorstep.

Cosa Buona officially opens for dinner only on Thursday, serving from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. There’s an extension to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday while lunch and delivery should launch next week. If you’ve got a party of four or more, you can start making your reservations over on OpenTable now.

Cosa Buona
2100 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Wonho Frank Lee
Bar at Cosa Buona, Echo Park Wonho Frank Lee
Cosa Buona Wonho Frank Lee
Bar at Cosa Buona Wonho Frank Lee
Wonho Frank Lee
Wonho Frank Lee
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