ECHO PARK — Get ready Echo Park foodies, Cosa Buona, which has been billed as one of this year’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, is supposed to open to the public on Thursday. At least that’s the plan for now, according to one restaurant staff member.
The new pizzeria replaces Pizza Buona, which operated at the same spot for more than 50 years until it was forced out in the wake of a steep rent increase. Pizza Buona is now located about a block south on Alvarado.
Back at the southwest corner of Alvarado and Sunset, a new neon Cosa Buona sign, which replaced the black-and-white plastic Pizza Buona sign, was dark Monday night. But inside, the newly remodeled dining room featuring shiny tiled walls and a wood ceiling was abuzz during a soft opening. The relatively short menu by Zack Pollack of Silver Lake’s acclaimed Alimento features pizzas (ranging from pepperoni to white clam) as well as vegetable fritto misto, chicken wings and baby octopus arrabbiata.
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