Cosa Buona

2100 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, CA 90026
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Cosa Buona

Anne FIshbein Sausage pizza at Cosa Buona


  • Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner: Sun., Mon., Wed.-Thu., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11:30 p.m.
As one of the opening chefs of Sotto (along with Steve Samson), Zach Pollack had an obsession — which included importing a 15,000-pound Stefano Ferrara oven from Italy — that resulted in pizza many still believe to be the best in the city. When he left Sotto to open Alimento in Silver Lake, he focused on his own brand of Cali-Italian cooking, which didn't include pizza. A longing to return to the heat and reward of a great pizza oven was certainly a factor in Pollack's opening Cosa Buona, but the original kernel of inspiration was the chicken Parmesan sandwich that he began serving at Alimento. Pollack made it to satisfy his own hunger for the nostalgic flavors of Italian-American comfort food, but it kindled enough passion in his customers that he wondered if there might be potential for a whole restaurant based on that hunger. So he took over the Pizza Buona space on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park, renovated it in wood and slick black tile, and Cosa Buona was born. Read our full review.

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