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Peek Inside Cosa Buona, the New Pizza Place From Alimento's Zach Pollack


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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 Pollack 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 of Cosa Buona in Echo Park. Building on the premise that customers harbor much nostalgia for classic Italian-American comfort food, Pollack 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 Besha Rodell's full review.


Photos by Anne Fishbein.