Cosa Buona

4.7
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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

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ChristopherG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for all (friends and family).

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RobynH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute spot, tasty food

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Jules
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

Hi, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank 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

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ABLA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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 Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

Hello! I've communicated your feedback to our chef in hopes of improving... Hope to see you again sometime. - Heather

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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 Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS, LOVE AND SUPPORT :)

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Average
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

Cosa Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank you for the love and support! :)

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to drop in for Italian food and good wine or beer

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipSweety14
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Cosa Buona
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank you so much!!! :)

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calzone
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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.

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Kel18318
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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!

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Taryn
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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.

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vipmdsocal
Orange County
103 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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!

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LionsinHollywood
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this gem of a restaurant- always delicious cool scene

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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.

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vipKTJ2988
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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!

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vipSweetCynabunz
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. Remarkable service. Stellar atmosphere. New favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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.

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Min23
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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

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CristinaIvan
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious!!! And the staff remembers you and are so cool!

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vipDaveS
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love.

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CristinaIvan
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always welcoming! Amazing food and friendly staff!

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FRANKB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 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

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BurrataLover
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 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.

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FRANKB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 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.

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vipDTochs
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 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.

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DinaC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 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.

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vipgailo
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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screenmom
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 1, 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?)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza. Great salads and veggies. Great natural wine.

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 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.

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AnnM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was mostly great. The food was incredible. Our server was not quite as good as last time, a little less friendly and patient. We understood about the $25 corkage fee and brought our own wine as we were unable to find the wine list online. Our server told us the first 2 bottles would be $25 and the third $50. We thought he was kidding! This absolutely should be noted online as well as wine list with prices. We made our reservation at the only time we could get a table for 6 and planned on a leisurely meal and we were going to a show at 9:15 at The Echo. $50 to open a third bottle, not customer friendly.

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IsaiS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service was Amazing !
Went with a group of friends and quickly got a reservation. Best pizza in SL.

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KatieJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Amazing food and exceptional service. Really relaxed but also great vibes. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Family friendly but still totally great if you're not with kids. Order dessert!!!

FAQs

Cosa Buona does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 184 OpenTable diners.

Cosa Buona does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cosa-buona/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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