Cosa Buona

Zach Pollack’s new really cramped, corner italian-american pizzeria in echo park. This place is tiny and fills up really quickly, so come early if you don’t want to wait. They also have the most ridiculous four-top i’ve ever seen.

2017_05_23_cosa_buona_008
photo from eater.com

The food wasn’t destination worthy, but a good spot if you’re in the neighborhood. Come for the mozzarella sticks and take the cannoli.

garlic bread
The bread came with a roasted garlic puree/spread, instead of butter and garlic. Pretty good.
20170904_120554

20170902_174505


mozzarella sticks
As good as advertised, crunchy, crispy, gooey, deep fried goodness. How can you not like deep fried cheese rods? Pro-tip: save the marinara sauce for your pizza crust.
20170902_175937

20170902_180022


eggplant parmesan
I liked the crispy charred edges, but the interior didn’t have much flavor.
20170902_182632

20170902_182653


hawaiian pizza - pineapple, canadian bacon, onions, chilies, smoked mozzarella
The crust was soft, chewy and flaccid with not much crisp. The toppings of meat, jalapeno, and cilantro reminded me of a banh mi. Not bad, but I prefer crisper crusts like URBN, desano, and mozza.
20170902_180500

20170902_180445


cannoli
Because of the heatwave they were out of the cookies n cream semifreddo, so i had to settle for the cannoli. This and the mozzarella sticks were the highlights of the night. The ricotta filling wasn’t too sweet and was flavored with orange and pistachio. Really good.
20170902_185054

20170902_185103

Cosa Buona
2100 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5211
http://www.cosabuona.com/

12 Likes

that cannoli looks amazing!

1 Like

Certainly looks gentrified like an upgrade from the previous tenant

Pro tip: best prices on blunt wraps at the Brazilian tobacco store across the street.

2 Likes

I am just happy that Pollack is now doing his white calzone (made famous at Sotto) now at Cosa Buona.

Chicken parm is good, too.

Just with the window had shades or blinds.

2 Likes

This place is quite underrated IMO.

Incredibly flavorful food, cooked precisely, low prices, and offering dishes one hardly sees elsewhere such as steak pizzaiola, and their basics such as pepperoni pizza are incredible as well, perhaps the only spot getting those magical cups.

Wish selection is really smart and awesome.

And they actually serve food until their stated closing time of 10:30, which almost nowhere else does.

Plus it’s abour a thousand times easier to get into than Jon and Vinny’s (virtually it’s only competitor).

4 Likes

I’ve been avoiding it because I heard it gets really crowded and the waits can be long. Was that not the case when you went?

Well, I guess you can’t take my experience to alleviate your concerns since I went in at about 10:15. Fortunately, they were more than happy to serve me all the food I wanted, and keep me stocked with drinks as well until about 11:30, and I was pretty much the only person there…

The time I went before was a bit earlier, but not by much, around 9:15-30 I think, and it was easy to just walk in and get a table for several people.

Maybe there are waits earlier, but for me, it is becoming a great spot in large part because they stick to their stated hours, and serve food past 10 PM, which is an absurd rarity in LA somehow :confused:

I would say the food would be worth a mild wait, if you can stomach it, though.

1 Like

Fri and Sat, at prime dinner time (between 6-9), reservations are almost necessary unless you enjoy standing around for 30-45 minutes and end up staring at all those people patronizing the adult toy store across the street for their friend. Of course.

Other times/dates, just walk in and you’re fine.

Brazilian tobacco shop across the way is also excellent for all of your friend’s prop 47 needs

thanks for the reminder
need to get there

Not as great of lighting as you guys somehow get, but figure I’ll throw some photos into the mix to entice people a bit more:

IMG_6794IMG_6788IMG_6796IMG_6781IMG_6789IMG_6801

what, you don’t have a friend doing lighting for your photos?

also, that pizza looks so damn amazing - on a different level than Pizza Buona before it.

Afraid I’m not on that level, I don’t even own a professional camera :frowning:

The pizza is really good. I think it’s the best pepperoni pizza I’ve had on the West Coast. I’m glad I thought of ordering it randomly. I like the creative pies, but the simple pepperoni is actually really something special there.

has he stated why there is no pasta other than the salad? as much as i enjoy that place, i always miss it.

Because he makes pasta at Alimento.

Personally, this makes CB even more appealing because there are enough pasta joints in LA. Italian places without a pasta focus are more interesting imo. Just for myself, I feel like almost no one can compete with Evan Funke.

Also, I think CB not doing pasta is doubly smart because it’s a direct competitor to Jon and Vinny’s, and they already do incredible versions of the most popular Italian American pastas.

CB made meatballs modeled after JV’s perfect version, and although they were good, all I could think was how they weren’t as good as JV’s… taking them off the menu was a good call IMO. Now they seem to throw in more interesting dishes not seen elsewhere like the insane steak pizzaiola I just had. Makes the places much more interesting to eat at, and unique overall.

Naturally…my opinion only…

2 Likes

I like the pasta at Alimento a lot, but I certainly don’t think it should preclude him from doing an entirely different sort of pasta program at CB. I’ve always assumed it might be a matter of space/infrastructure.

I’m not sure I agree that they are direct competitors Jon and Vinny’s when they are on opposite ends of town, nor do I imagine a chef like Zach would shy away from doing something because someone else is already doing it well. But again, this is all speculation.

I guess it depends upon whether you think of CB as a neighborhood restaurant or a destination spot.

I drive from across the city to go there.

In all of LA, I can only think of J&V’s and CB as doing Italian American in the same way.

Dang, that pizza with the pepperoni cups…

2 Likes

Yes, because it’s a pizzeria.

It’s also because Zack wants to take advantage of the existing infrastructure (i.e. wood burning oven) left behind by Pizza Buona.

But, really, he just wants to make a pizzeria.

1 Like

Just because they will honor their stated hours doesn’t mean you should go in 15 minutes before close and oreer everything. Thats probably the most demoralizing feeling as a cook, done with pre-close routine of wrapping stuff up so you can go home as soon as the FOH decides to lock the doors only for some guy or big table to stroll in at the last minute and the chef/owner isnt going to say no to more money so you twiddle your thumbs while you wait for the ticket to ring in and its always like half the menu so you begrudingly unwrap your mise and crank em out and then rewrap and reclean and then the dish guy who thought he was gonna go home early tonight has to stay extra longer after a grueling shift for your glassware to come in so he can run it and go the f home.

9 Likes