Cosa Buona

4.7
139 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.

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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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MK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

If I lived closer to this area, I would spend my time at Masa instead. Cosa Buona is obnoxiously loud, there's just no reason to have music blasting that you can't hear because everyone is forced to talk SO loudly over it! The food is good, but it's no Pizzeria Mozza or Roberta's.

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SG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure coming to dine here.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is great. Everything we had was delicious. But this evening, the food...everything after the starters, was delivered one salad, one entrée at a time. Actually our fried got his salad and entree together. It was just bizarre. From the time the first entrée arrived, until the last, was approximately 20-30 minutes. It was crazy, but didn’t ruin our meal and everything was great. It was just odd.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, and experience as always

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AM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Derek was an outstanding server who helped guide us through our meal. We had a New Yorker with us who is highly critical of pizza and he was blown away by everything we shared. Our son was headlining at The Echo up the street so we were able to take our time and enjoy the experience:)

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Cosa Buona for like the 5th time and every time the food seems to stay great! I definitely recommend the Caesar salad and the mozzarella sticks as appetizers and the chicken and pizza! It’s a family friendly place.

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great elevated casual Italian-American and a great wine list. Always a treat!

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our fourth time here and the food was as delicious as the first time. We had the Cesar salad, clams, broccolini and cheese pizza with prosciutto added to it, and mozzarella sticks with tomato sauce. All excellent. They would be wise to add a window covering on the windows on the entrance wall as the setting sun was reflecting off the building across the street totally blinding. The wine is all “natural” and is terrible. Won’t be ordering any of that again.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for Mother’s Day and had a great time. Our server really took care of us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Professional Italian pizza craftsman. But the taste is a bit too salty. Ended up drinking a lot of water coming back home.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal wine list. The best pizza. The friendliest staff. And don’t sleep on the crostino or hot wings!!

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AB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. This place is an absolute must. The ambiance, the service are all top class. Extremely cozy little place in the middle of everything in Echo Park.

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CE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza as excellent as the service.

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SS
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The pizza was undercooked after we asked for it to be cooked well.
Waiter was not attentive and dismissive.

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AZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pizza in LA!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!

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n
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

meatballs were yummy, caesar salad was delicious and pizza was perfect!!!

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O
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. The service is excellent. The food is superb. I recommend it for friends and family, anytime.

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SL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The noise level and table space could have been better, and the wine was quite overpriced. But the food was great and love the neighborhood!

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! The food is memorable, fresh, and delicious. The chef really puts thought into making each dish remarkable. I am a big fan!

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N
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fabulous. Nice wine. Great service. What more could you want? I love this place!

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RM
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time and it lived up to the first which was excellent. Caesar salad is the best. The meat lovers pizza was also excellent. Mushrooms were meh. Sorry we didn't get the tiramisu. We had it the first time and it was great...the people next to us ordered and when it arrived we realized that we should have..but it was too late.

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O
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food. This place has become a neighborhood staple for my partner and me.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Every dish we ordered was absolutely perfect. Will definitely come back very soon

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from Mexico

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the restaurant! A really nice neighborhood place with delicious food and great ambience. Their arugula salad is to die for! Great service. Definitely recommend.

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CD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food! The ricotta pizza is delicious! The place is small, so I highly recommend making a reservation. Salads are great. They have a nice small bar in the space as well. I definitely want to go back!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, but they didn’t really allow for substitutions on the pizzas (tried to add pepperoni to the mushroom pizza). Overall really good though, and helpful that they have valet.

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AW
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosa Buona is quickly becoming our favorite neighborhood spot. This time was date night on Sat and it was packed but we also love it on a random Tuesday when we get a booth to ourselves. The staff are always super friendly and helpful, the food is consistently outstanding, and the ambience somehow manages to be casual and chic at the same time.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

MEATBALLS. yea

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LO
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, great natural wine list, good value. The pizza crust was perfect, but the toppings were very light which made me feel like I just ate a big loaf of bread – a bit disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chill. Cool. Make reservations.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have been here a few times. The food is very good, but everything else is a little off. The table layout is really awkward; the host stand is unorganized; it's shared plates, but everything comes out all at once rather than in courses, as similar restaurants do; and the music level is very loud. The result is that you get great food at a price you would pay at any mid-range restaurant in L.A., but the experience and ambiance of a bar that serves food. If they could fix even a few of these, and it would be easy, maybe turn down the music a touch, pace out the order and get the seating plan organized, I would be a frequent patron. For now, I only go once-in-awhile when I feel like putting up with these small annoyances to eat the food, which really is very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive staff.

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s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food atmosphere service and everything about cosa bruins is amazing.

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o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was randomly closed on a normal night - we didn't get any notice from the restaurant and we had made a reservation on line. Very disappointing.

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CN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Everything on the menu is excellent.

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GK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here quite often and never ceases to amaze me. Consistent in quality of food and service. Not much more to say, easily too 5 on my list of restaurants in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and amazing food!

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