Echo Park pizza parlor putting the pieces back together after car crash

Restaurant entrance after the crash

New glass doors recently replaced the sheet of plywood that was installed across the entrance of Pizza Buona as the long-time Echo Park pizza parlor recovers from an accident that sent a car plowing into the restaurant, injuring a female pedestrian who was dragged into the dining room (the pregnant woman suffered only minor injuries). Pizza Buona reopened shortly after the Feb. 21 accident for take-out and delivery but the dining room facing Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street will remain closed for about another month for remodeling, said owner Norman Schweitzer.  In addition to new furnishings, floors and paneling, the remodeling will likely include a pair of metal posts installed a few inches beyond the glass doors to provide additional protection in case another car comes takes a wrong turn.

Israel Palacios, son of the restaurant owners, said he has been in contact with the city to install additional posts or bollards on the perimeter of the sidewalk to protect pedestrians.


  1. Counting down the days! Miss having our extra toasted prosciutto sandwiches delivered to our office for lunch

  2. Vanessa Yan, they are open for take-out and delivery.

  3. Let’s hope the dining room remodel includes finally replacing or repairing the scribed up front windows that flank either side of the entryway.

  4. Wonderful. Picking up the pieces and making good pizza.

  5. I agree, Spencer. I hope they put a clear, protective film over the new glass. It would be awesome to be able to eat dinner and look out all those windows without the tagged up glass!

    • I agree w/ A & Spencer.

      Also, we should increase the penalty for tagging to a bat against the head.

      1 swing if you are a passer by.
      3 swings if you own the property.

  6. always found it said that they get disrespected so much with vandalism. Wish there was a way to stop it without baby sitting the streets for opportunists pissing on everything in their city to mark their territory.

  7. This is kind of ironic–a car drove through this pizza parlor 23+ years ago. As they say, history repeats itself. Great pizza though!

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