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Cosa Buona

4.7
4.7
187 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 908-5211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Zach Pollack

  • Catering

    On-site events as well as large catering orders available! Please e-mail info@cosabuona.com

  • Private party facilities

    Classic American/Italian neighborhood restaurant setting, romantic and intimate, our private dining room is available for dinners, meetings, special occasions and parties. For further information contact us at info@cosabuona.com

  • Neighborhood

    Echo Park

  • Cross street

    Alvarado

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Metro #2, #4, #302; corner of Sunset and Alvarado.

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 187 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. j

    jamiemc123

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so so so so so good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    To be in a restaurant with no one else on a Saturday night is weird, we ordered a ton of food at 8:30 and then they told us they were closing the kitchen at 9, the music was loud, the food was decent, our waiter was really nice, but I’ll never go back for dinner again. Who wants to be in a restaurant alone, that tells you the kitchen is closing when they bring your food, where there’s no Saturday night ambience for a pizza/wine spot?
  3. CG

    CambriG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    Took a long time to get seated but staff made up for it 2x over!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Manager and Waitress were gracious and attentive. Hostess was rude beyond comprehension. Food Is great.
  5. CG

    ChristopherG

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food for all (friends and family).
  6. RH

    RobynH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Cosa Buona makes a pizza with ‘njuda sausage, squash blossoms, and a little honey. Yummy!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute spot, tasty food
  8. J

    Jules

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is delicious. Atmosphere is eclectic and inviting. My only minor issue is the reservation I made (for 2) was not honored due to limited seating availability. Hostess was accommodating, staff had a slight attitude, but no major issue.

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020Hi, Jules! Thank you for this feedback. I would love to chat more with you if you could please e-mail back at heather@alimentola.co m! Thank you!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    I’ve been here before and my partner hadn’t. The taste of the food was magnificent the service however left us feeling like we aren’t of value. After entering we received waters and our menus. We decided what we wanted about 20-30 minutes pass by and we still haven’t had a server come to our table. About 40 minutes in I ask the host if we could get a server. She said this was odd and reassured us we would get someone soon. The server checks into the tables around us who already have food first and takes an order from someone who came in about 20 minutes after us. She asked us if we wanted drinks but never came back with them, then later asked us if we were ready to order food. Upon ordering food despite me ordering an appetizer she took away the empty plates that had been on the table since we arrived. She didn’t even give us our food or check in again but I saw her serving tables around us. We had to ask someone else for the box and we didn’t even get offered a dessert menu. I’m quite saddened by this experience because it was my partners birthday and last day in the US before he leaves on a business trip. We had to go across the street for drinks because the ones we ordered never came

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020Thank you so much for sending this feedback. I am super saddened to hear that you did not have a great dining experience with us. We clearly missed the mark, and for that I apologize. I would love to chat more with you about your experience and opportunities for us to improve. Looking forward to hearing from you! heather@alimentola.co m

  10. AB

    ABLA

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice space and interesting menu. However virtually everything we ordered was completely overpowered with salt, seasoning, and chili. Very disappointing. Simple flavors where you can actually taste the main ingredient would have been so much better.

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020Hello! I've communicated your feedback to our chef in hopes of improving... Hope to see you again sometime. - Heather

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A great experience with a couple of friends. The food was amazing. The service was great. Overall it was a fun time and would do it all over again.

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS, LOVE AND SUPPORT :)

  12. NY

    NYCGirl

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love this place, the food is fantastic - especially the tiramisu - and the wine list is interesting.

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020Thank you for the love and support! :)

  13. f

    foodie

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to drop in for Italian food and good wine or beer
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We’ve been fans from the start. Still are. A couple times a month regulars.
  15. S

    Sweety14

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is outstanding! Been there many times & love going back.

    Cosa BuonaResponded on February 23, 2020Thank you so much!!! :)

  16. c

    calzone

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    We waited a full 15 minutes to be acknowledged from our seats at the bar. It was 5:30pm and the restaurant was not busy enough to justify this kind of wait for even a greeting, water, or menus. Three servers/bartenders were behind the bar at the time, and none made eye contact. We would have left had we not been on too tight a timeline that evening to start from scratch finding another place to eat. The food was delicious, but it's a shame how negative and lasting an impression that first experience of being ignored makes. It's hard to come back from. I was a host, server, and bartender for years, and my friendly suggestion would be to at least make eye contact and throw down water and menus, even if you have to pause for a second while putting in an order or opening a bottle of wine behind the bar -- just let us know you see us and care that we're there.
  17. K

    Kel18318

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We LOVE Cosa Buona and feel lucky to consider it our local neighborhood restaurant! The food is always delicious. We enjoyed the dineLA menu a lot. We have been many times and will definitely go back again!
  18. T

    Taryn

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined in during DineLA and that little place filled up! Glad we had a reservation! Everything we had was delicious. We had the chopped salad, sunchoke soup, eggplant parm, biancoverde pizza, and cheesecake. The cheesecake was the highlight of the evening- the semolina crumble was the perfect crunch since there wasn’t a crust like a classic cheesecake. And the cherries were the perfect tart bite to balance the richness and creaminess of the cake. Of everything, the sunchoke soup was the most lackluster. The crispness of the shaved sunchoke became quickly soggy once the soup was stirred and bc of the smoothness of the soup, it was more reminiscent of a gravy than a soup in my opinion. Our waitstaff were all friendly and checked in at perfect intervals- allowing us to taste our food before making an assessment when asked how things were and then left to enjoy our meal and conversation. Only complaint would be the proximity of the tables to one another. And because the table was secured to the floor it made shimmying out a little awkward with diners on both sides.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent; a bit pricey for pizza but delicious nevertheless. Thin crust, well baked and delicious. Sat near the door so it was drafty every time someone entered or exited.
  20. m

    mdsocal

    Orange County

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant in Echo Park! I really appreciate the friendliness and efficiency of staff. We were well taken care of and our food came out fast and was so delicious. I recommend the chopped salad and veggie supreme pizza!
  21. LH

    LionsinHollywood

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this gem of a restaurant- always delicious cool scene
  22. JJ

    JJJJJJJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice little restaurant with an amazing menu & wine selection. Shared the grilled greek, a spicy/honey pizza and a sunchoke soup. All were delicious.
  23. KT

    KTJ2988

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is fabulous! The garlic bread and meatballs alone were superb! Pizza is extremely authentic stone oven. Friendly and fun staff. Definitely my go to place for a great glass of wine and some carbs!
  24. SC

    SweetCynabunz

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is romantic and intimate. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is AMAZING! Definitely returning in the near future.
  25. AC

    AdamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food. Remarkable service. Stellar atmosphere. New favorite.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is delicious! Great pizza (coming from a NYer), and a really cute space. Good for a date, or a night with friends.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We came here for my birthday - despite being a small restaurant, it seemed understaffed. It was hard to get things like napkins and water. They also wouldn’t make any changes to accommodate a dietary restriction. I might come here again as a party of 2-4, but I don’t think I would come back with a large group.
  28. M

    Min23

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Food was amazing . All.staff except the woman maitre d at front was very cold and.not friendly at all. Would.not.go back for this reason
  29. CI

    CristinaIvan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious!!! And the staff remembers you and are so cool!
  30. DS

    DaveS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always love.
  31. CI

    CristinaIvan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always welcoming! Amazing food and friendly staff!
  32. FR

    FRANKB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husbands birthday Saturday night with his son and wife. It was their first time. They loved it and said they would be back. Everytime we come we try something new and something old. Meatballs are the staple now with the mozarella sticks and homemade ranch. We did try the bbq chicken pizza this time. It blew us away with flavor. His son tried the Hawaiian also very delicious. You can't go wrong here the food is always good. Can't wait till next time. Vickie
  33. BL

    BurrataLover

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    They seated us for a reservation immediately. It was a little difficult to get the attention of our server after our food arrived, but the mozzarella sticks and bread & burrata were MIND BLOWINGLY GOOD! Highly recommend ordering both of those.
  34. FR

    FRANKB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE THIS PLACE. I LOVE DERRICK , HE ALWAYS GREETS US WITH A SMILE. MAKES US FEEL AT HOME..... NOW THE FOOD IS TO DIE FOR. ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE THE MEAT BALLS AND MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS WITH RANCH DRESSING. OF COURSE THE PIZZA IS SO LIGHT AND DELICIOUS. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A COOL RESTAURANT. ALL THE WAITERS ARE THE BEST. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS FINDING ME A GREAT TABLE.
  35. DT

    DTochs

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We've been to Cosa Buona for dinner several times in the past and often get takeout from them. Their salads and pizzas are great, if a little expensive. The winelist seems unnecessarily pricey to me. What's really driving this review is the service: our waitperson was glib, bordering on rude, and the food runners were actually surly, practically throwing the meals on the table and trying to remove appetizer plates before we had finished. The place just isn't big enough to warrant that kind of rush.
  36. DC

    DinaC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had three different pizzas and they all lacked adequate toppings. They are very light handed with their toppings. The meatballs were delicious. We all agreed there are better Italian restaurant choices in L.A.
  37. g

    gailo

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my neighborhood spot, food is always fantastic and service always great.
  38. s

    screenmom

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Lots of folks told me to go try the pizza here, and I'd read about it in foodie magazines and online places like EaterLA. Since I was going to a show at the Greek, I was in that part of town. Gotta say that the pizza was salty -- both the margarita and marinara pizzas. So were the fabled mozzarella sticks. Yes, the pizza dough and oven yielded a nice, light but chewy crust. Tomato sauce was good. But frankly, 800 Degrees is better for considerably less $. Or if you are having an upscale night in terms of atmosphere and trendy spots, Roberta's pizza is better artisan pizza (Culver City), and so's La Pizza La Pasta at Century City's Eataly, without all that salt! (Were they having an off night?)
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza. Great salads and veggies. Great natural wine.
  40. EP

    EdwardP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pizza is very good particularly the crispy crust that is deliciously thick only where it should be, on the perimeter. One complaint: the chef is heavy-handed with the salt. Everything was over salted.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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You can order delivery directly from Cosa Buona using the Order Online button. Cosa Buona also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 908-5211.

Cosa Buona is rated 4.7 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alvarado

  • Neighborhood

    Echo Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Metro #2, #4, #302; corner of Sunset and Alvarado.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Zach Pollack

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 908-5211

  • Catering

    On-site events as well as large catering orders available! Please e-mail info@cosabuona.com

  • Private party facilities

    Classic American/Italian neighborhood restaurant setting, romantic and intimate, our private dining room is available for dinners, meetings, special occasions and parties. For further information contact us at info@cosabuona.com

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