Echo Park’s Pizza Buona gets a new lease on life

ECHO PARK — After being forced to close late last year in the wake of a steep rent increase, Pizza Buona has found a new location not far from its previous home of more than 50 years.

The neighborhood pizzeria plans to reopen on Thursday, Sept.  15 in a small shopping center at the corner of Alvarado and Montrose streets in Echo Park.

Faced with soaring commercial rents in Echo Park, the family-owned business had considered other locations outside the neighborhood. But the pizzeria’s new home – inside the former Coco International Foods restaurant – is one block south of Pizza Buona’s old home at Alvarado and Sunset, where the pizza parlor’s signage remains on the building.

Israel Palacios said customers can expect the same menu when his family’s restaurant reopens on Thursday. In fact, the new Pizza Buona will open with the same pizza oven and equipment. “Everything is the same,” said Palacios. “Just a different location.”

Meanwhile, Zach Pollack of Silver Lake’s  Alimento Italian restaurant is preparing to open a new restaurant,  Cosa Buona, in the old Pizza Buona location.

Old Pizza Buona oven in its new home | Courtesy Pizza Buona

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