Cosa Buona

4.7
98 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Chef Zach Pollack, of the critically acclaimed Silver Lake restaurant Alimento, is bringing his second concept to the East Side of Los Angeles with Cosa Buona, a restaurant that will celebrate Italian-American cuisine and the modern pizzeria. Housed inside the former Pizza Buona space which dates back to 1959, Cosa Buona continues to showcase Pollack’s inspired Italian dishes with an L.A. sensibility. Here, Pollack’s focus turns to expertly crafted antipasti, salads, and pizza, as well as a selection of both classic and playful interpretations of Italian sandwiches available for both lunch and takeout. Served in the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere, Pollack’s menu emphasizes the best versions of familiar favorites by using mindfully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers complemented by a selection of natural wines from Italy and France.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Starting June 11th, 2018
LUNCH
Wed - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm
(Walk-Ins accepted)

BRUNCH
Sat - Sun 10:30am - 2:30pm
(Walk-Ins accepted and reservations for parties 6 or more)

DINNER
Sun - Thu 5:30pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat 5:30pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(213) 908-5211
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Zach Pollack
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alvarado
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Parking details
Valet Service available $7.00. Street meter-parking and neighborhood parking off Sunset and Alvarado.
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Public transit
Metro #2, #4, #302; corner of Sunset and Alvarado.
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Special events & promotions
We are available for Buy-Outs and Special Events, please feel free to e-mail us at Info@cosabuona.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cosa Buona is a neighborhood pizza joint from the people behind Alimento. So, yeah, it’s pretty wonderful.

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CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and service. Not too impressed with the food. I had the chopped salad and it doesn't say that there is kale in it on the menu....a lot of kale. I hate kale and was extremely disappointed with it. There was barely anything healthy to eat on the menu (if at all), so my choices were very limited. It's not really an Italian restaurant if that's what they're going for. Fried chicken and fried potatoes are not Italian the last time I checked. So, needless to say, I won't be going there again. Staff was friendly though. Bummed I wasted $24 on a meal I didn't like at all.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it! Wish they has mixed drinks/cocktails. Xxoxoxoxoooxoxixixizixixixixixizi

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WM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic and the staff are cool and friendly!

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GK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here quite often and is one of my favorite spots to go. Everything is Really good. Chicken parm sandwich, meatballs and pizza are all a must.

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 3 restaurant in LA. Food is always excellent. Service best in la. Ambiance perfect.

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CR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

A little too noisy, so-so food.
Won’t come back. Too many other great places

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RH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Cosa Buona received many recommendations yet upon eating there...the food fell short. We had pizza which was Pizza...nothing to blow your mind over. We also had clams as an appetizer...honestly coming from the East Coast...these tiny itty bitty things were more like barnacles than clams...they tasted ok but just over priced and stupid. Don't get me wrong I think the place is "OK" but seriously for three people beers from a can and pizza with an appetizer...$150 is a bit NUTS.

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Delicious food, great service, solid wine list. My only complaint is that it was very loud and pretty difficult to hear the person on the other side of the table.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pizza, legendary wings, perfectly executed dishes and friendly service. Cosa Buona is my favorite neighborhood spot. Pro Tip: eat some dank tacos across the street @flamin tacos if you have to wait for a table and are starving.

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EL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The broccolini.... I could eat that everyday, all day long!! Great pizza!!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was great. Service is well-intentioned but a little chaotic and disjointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Pizza was amazing

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! service was exceptional

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Very underwhelmed by this place. Won’t be returning. We were celebrating a birthday with nine people. Felt like we were in the way. Left as soon as we finished eating the so-so food.

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A
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delightful de-lovely meal, service and outstanding dining, quality all around!! Come here regularly and look forward to it every.Single.time!

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DS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply awesome--

Pizzas, eggplant parm, salads, meatballs--

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Need to install window shades. I sat at a window table and the sun was beating down on me and it was too hot.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm not sure how you expect people to eat your artichoke. At first I thought it was cooked to the point where the leaves might be edible, which wasn't the case. Since it was too oily to eat with one's hands, I tried with a fork, which meant forking the pieces into my mouth, trying to eat the "meat" around the heart, and spitting the rest out—I gave up after a few attempts of this.

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DS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never need to go to Mozza again! And Food is equal or better to Scopa in Venice.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I am sorry to say that I felt the crust should have been better. Maybe a hotter oven(?) because it was neither flavorful nor very crisp. The toppings were delicious and the salad was good. However our key lime pie was not fully chilled and partially melting.
Some of the side dishes looked great that were passing by and I think that is what I would have if I was ever there again. *The meatballs looked amazing!
That being said, the reception, our server, the staff were so nice and lovely. And the space is good.
I hate to not give it 5-stars but after knowing what Alimento puts out, I feel like this could be better m

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PG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third or fourth meal here and it gets better every time? The staff is helpful, friendly and funny. The food tastes way better than the short time it takes to be prepared would indicate. The wine is so delicious and fun. I am pretty new to knowing wine (I don't know it really) but it is easy to learn and find something you will enjoy here.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

dialed in
perfect
been there 15 times
consistent and innovative
comfortable in its own skin
skilled intelligent nice people

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E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid food as always! We try new things every time and nothing ever disappoints. It’s loud and clangy but that’s okay when the food is this good!

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Really enjoyed myself. I was on a date and we both had a great time!

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TD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very cute little pizza place with delicious food, a small but interesting wine list with options for those who have "creative palates", and in a fun neighborhood with wine bars, music venues, etc.

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h
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely the best pepperoni pizza I’ve ever had and certainly right up there with the best Osteria-level Italian restaurants I’ve been to, including the best osterias in Italy!

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ML
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I thought the food was great, but use a few more options of fresh appetizers or a couple of pasta dishes.
Red wine shouldn't be served cold. It's usually done when the wine has been open for too long. But it was good enough. And I woke up the next morning with a sore throat the next morning because I was screaming/talking to my friend all night so that we could hear each other. But generally, really liked the food that we got and everyone was really nice and attentive.

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RH
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pizzas and side dishes. Excellent service from Cesar and his team. This is a neighbor gem.

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J
Tampa
66 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Every dish was just the best!

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JT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service staff and excellent food.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. One of our favorites.

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the pizzas with my family and was not disappointed! Loved it!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, can't wait to go back!

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RS
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

LIMITED MENU, PIZZAs THE STAR. Up there with MOZZA & MULBERRY STREET PIES.OTHER DISHES ARCANE AND,WHILE TASTY WERE SMALL.. ? OFFER A FEW OVEN BAKED PASTA DISHES.or a calzone OR ROASTED VEGIES, NOT JUST AN IMMOLATED ACRID ARTICHOKE W INSUFFICIENT LABNE SAUCE. No drink natural sweeteners for diabetics. Honey is just SUGAR. DUH. 3 baby octopi do not an appetizer make. Lasagna, Shells, penne rigate, etc ,both vegan and another classic w bolognese sauce,+/- cheese? could be made, and quickly baked in oven, . Roasted mushrooms, etc. ?Aranchini w the delicious sauce. Was quite underwhelmed after reading all the glowing reviews from several sources. Best thing other than pizza was the friendly, courteous manager Ceasar(sp)... one server had a constant barely tolerant attitude,almost like disdain for diners. fried smirks not on the menu! May not be back. meh

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable as always. Food is the BEST. Service is the BEST. Hands down our favorite.

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TE
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best casual dining for locals and friends people.

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o
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, service excellent. Friendly environment. Great dining experience for son's 18th b-day!

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Z
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Staff was very attentive and explained the wines that are offered. I asked for a white wine similar to Pinot Grigio and was able to taste two different white wines. I had a reservation and arrived 30 minutes early as you never know with L.A. traffic. We were seating right away and had amazing food and amazing service. I hope the attentiveness remains as I plan to go back soon.

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fav write neighborhood place...meatballs and burrata, ceasar, brocollini, pizzas. service impeccable.

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SG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dishes delicious food

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