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Pizza – gentrified in Echo Park, Chicago-style in El Sereno; Highland Park donuts for dessert

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Newly opened Cosa Buona in Echo Park is mixed up in “pizza gentrification” according to LA Weekly’s restaurant reviewer Besha Rodell. What exactly is “pizza gentrification”? Apparently, it’s when a new school pizza joint takes over the space of the neighborhood’s old school pizza joint,  Pizza Buona in this case. Despite the talk of gentrification, Rodell’s recommendations include the mozzarella sticks and salad-like calzone. As far as the pizza goes,  they are “wonderful,” with “crust dappled with just enough char and imbued with a mellow tang, the structure sturdy but stretchy.” Cosa Buona is located on the southwest corner of Sunset and Alvarado boulevards in Echo Park.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Dough Box Pizza & Bread in El Sereno crafts the best Chicago-style pizza in the city, according to Los Angeles Magazine. Somehow the pie manages to lock in all of the tasty ingredients and leaves out the overstuffed feeling after eating a few bites. Dough Box Pizza and Bread is located in the 2700 block of North Eastern Avenue in El Sereno.
  • Out of all of the doughnut shops on the Eastside, Donut Friend in Highland Park was the only shop to make the cut on Eater LA’s list of L.A.’s Most Delectable Doughnut Shops. Customers can opt for a pre-designed or custom doughnut. Toppings range from classic to unusual. (Basil? Cayenne pepper?) Donut Friend is located in the 5100 block of York Boulevard in Highland Park.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.

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