Echo Park’s Pizza Buona is back in business


Otilia Schweitzer back in the kitchen

ECHO PARK — Israel Palacios was getting close to giving up finding a new home for his family’s pizzeria, Pizza Buona, which closed last December after being priced out of its old location. But while he was getting his hair cut, Palacios heard that another Echo Park restaurant owner was interested in selling the business. That tip resulted in Pizza Buona eventually securing its new place, which opened today right before lunch.

Palacios, his mother, Otilia Schweitzer, and the rest of the Pizza Buona crew were getting used to working in the new, smaller restaurant inside a shopping center at the corner of Alvarado and Montrose streets. That’s one block south of its previous location where it had operated for more than 50 years.

Customers squeezed into the small dining room for lunch as Schweitzer navigated the tight confines of the new kitchen, dominated by the pizza oven brought over from the old restaurant. Palacios, who was busy on the phone taking orders, said  he was happy to reopen and see customers return.

“Everyone is back,” he said.


Bold new graphics in the dining room


Hot out of the oven

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  1. yummmmm! So happy to hear this!

  2. Big congrats. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

  3. Looking forward to them outlasting every temporary BS shop thats going to go into its old location

  4. This strip mall they have relocated to is directly across the street from the Echo 1030 Lofts, hipster apartments that rent between 3k and 4k a month, and also the new Rosy Jones condo development going up. I give them about 6 months before that whole strip plaza gets taken over by artisinal cheese shops and wine bars. Hope they have a plan c if their rent get’s raised again.

  5. What restaurant used to be in this location?

  6. Becky with the good hair

    Whilst I was never a big fan of Pizza Bueno (misspelling intentional) I am certain they’ll do better in that spot than whatever CoCo’s international foods was.

  7. Awesome ! Good for them!!

  8. Go Team Buona!

  9. Bueno for Buona!
    And hopefully no cars through the front windows anymore.

  10. cocos international food will be missed, and I am a white gentrifier

  11. The store front faces the parking lot and well, I think they’re safe from most cars. There’s a small market next door
    so if you get it to go you could get your drinks at the market.
    I checked out the map and what makes it a place to check out (I don’t live in the area) is that it’s not far from the Echo Park Library which has used book sales every other Wednesdays, all reasonably priced.

    I’ve gotten so burnt out on thrift stores charges up to $4 for a used paperback (even Out of the Closet has raised
    their prices). Yes, I get it, they raise funds for their charities but it’s not like clothing or shoes or kitchenware or
    furniture that you’ll use and use…you buy a book because you want to read something and pass it on. I want books
    I can keep in my car or carry with me and if I forget it someplace I don’t owe the library for a lost book.
    Anyway, I’m tracking the various library used book sales. And that’s where my used books will go.

    But to score some new (to me) books AND try a new pizza place, great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.
    Thanks Eastsider!

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