Cosa Buona

4.7
118 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Chef Zach Pollack, of the critically acclaimed Silver Lake restaurant Alimento, is bringing his second concept to the East Side of Los Angeles with Cosa Buona, a restaurant that will celebrate Italian-American cuisine and the modern pizzeria. Housed inside the former Pizza Buona space which dates back to 1959, Cosa Buona continues to showcase Pollack’s inspired Italian dishes with an L.A. sensibility. Here, Pollack’s focus turns to expertly crafted antipasti, salads, and pizza, as well as a selection of both classic and playful interpretations of Italian sandwiches available for both lunch and takeout. Served in the restaurant’s convivial atmosphere, Pollack’s menu emphasizes the best versions of familiar favorites by using mindfully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers complemented by a selection of natural wines from Italy and France.

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Cosa Buona is a neighborhood pizza joint from the people behind Alimento. So, yeah, it’s pretty wonderful.

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RM
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time and it lived up to the first which was excellent. Caesar salad is the best. The meat lovers pizza was also excellent. Mushrooms were meh. Sorry we didn't get the tiramisu. We had it the first time and it was great...the people next to us ordered and when it arrived we realized that we should have..but it was too late.

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O
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food. This place has become a neighborhood staple for my partner and me.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Every dish we ordered was absolutely perfect. Will definitely come back very soon

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from Mexico

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the restaurant! A really nice neighborhood place with delicious food and great ambience. Their arugula salad is to die for! Great service. Definitely recommend.

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CD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food! The ricotta pizza is delicious! The place is small, so I highly recommend making a reservation. Salads are great. They have a nice small bar in the space as well. I definitely want to go back!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, but they didn’t really allow for substitutions on the pizzas (tried to add pepperoni to the mushroom pizza). Overall really good though, and helpful that they have valet.

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AW
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosa Buona is quickly becoming our favorite neighborhood spot. This time was date night on Sat and it was packed but we also love it on a random Tuesday when we get a booth to ourselves. The staff are always super friendly and helpful, the food is consistently outstanding, and the ambience somehow manages to be casual and chic at the same time.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

MEATBALLS. yea

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LO
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, great natural wine list, good value. The pizza crust was perfect, but the toppings were very light which made me feel like I just ate a big loaf of bread – a bit disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chill. Cool. Make reservations.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We have been here a few times. The food is very good, but everything else is a little off. The table layout is really awkward; the host stand is unorganized; it's shared plates, but everything comes out all at once rather than in courses, as similar restaurants do; and the music level is very loud. The result is that you get great food at a price you would pay at any mid-range restaurant in L.A., but the experience and ambiance of a bar that serves food. If they could fix even a few of these, and it would be easy, maybe turn down the music a touch, pace out the order and get the seating plan organized, I would be a frequent patron. For now, I only go once-in-awhile when I feel like putting up with these small annoyances to eat the food, which really is very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive staff.

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food atmosphere service and everything about cosa bruins is amazing.

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o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was randomly closed on a normal night - we didn't get any notice from the restaurant and we had made a reservation on line. Very disappointing.

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CN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Everything on the menu is excellent.

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GK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here quite often and never ceases to amaze me. Consistent in quality of food and service. Not much more to say, easily too 5 on my list of restaurants in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and amazing food!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best most consistent spots. Their pizza is BANANAS

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and service. Not too impressed with the food. I had the chopped salad and it doesn't say that there is kale in it on the menu....a lot of kale. I hate kale and was extremely disappointed with it. There was barely anything healthy to eat on the menu (if at all), so my choices were very limited. It's not really an Italian restaurant if that's what they're going for. Fried chicken and fried potatoes are not Italian the last time I checked. So, needless to say, I won't be going there again. Staff was friendly though. Bummed I wasted $24 on a meal I didn't like at all.

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it! Wish they has mixed drinks/cocktails. Xxoxoxoxoooxoxixixizixixixixixizi

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WM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic and the staff are cool and friendly!

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GK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here quite often and is one of my favorite spots to go. Everything is Really good. Chicken parm sandwich, meatballs and pizza are all a must.

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s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 3 restaurant in LA. Food is always excellent. Service best in la. Ambiance perfect.

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CR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

A little too noisy, so-so food.
Won’t come back. Too many other great places

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RH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Cosa Buona received many recommendations yet upon eating there...the food fell short. We had pizza which was Pizza...nothing to blow your mind over. We also had clams as an appetizer...honestly coming from the East Coast...these tiny itty bitty things were more like barnacles than clams...they tasted ok but just over priced and stupid. Don't get me wrong I think the place is "OK" but seriously for three people beers from a can and pizza with an appetizer...$150 is a bit NUTS.

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Delicious food, great service, solid wine list. My only complaint is that it was very loud and pretty difficult to hear the person on the other side of the table.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pizza, legendary wings, perfectly executed dishes and friendly service. Cosa Buona is my favorite neighborhood spot. Pro Tip: eat some dank tacos across the street @flamin tacos if you have to wait for a table and are starving.

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EL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The broccolini.... I could eat that everyday, all day long!! Great pizza!!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was great. Service is well-intentioned but a little chaotic and disjointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Pizza was amazing

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! service was exceptional

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Very underwhelmed by this place. Won’t be returning. We were celebrating a birthday with nine people. Felt like we were in the way. Left as soon as we finished eating the so-so food.

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A
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delightful de-lovely meal, service and outstanding dining, quality all around!! Come here regularly and look forward to it every.Single.time!

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DS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is simply awesome--

Pizzas, eggplant parm, salads, meatballs--

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Need to install window shades. I sat at a window table and the sun was beating down on me and it was too hot.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm not sure how you expect people to eat your artichoke. At first I thought it was cooked to the point where the leaves might be edible, which wasn't the case. Since it was too oily to eat with one's hands, I tried with a fork, which meant forking the pieces into my mouth, trying to eat the "meat" around the heart, and spitting the rest out—I gave up after a few attempts of this.

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DS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never need to go to Mozza again! And Food is equal or better to Scopa in Venice.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I am sorry to say that I felt the crust should have been better. Maybe a hotter oven(?) because it was neither flavorful nor very crisp. The toppings were delicious and the salad was good. However our key lime pie was not fully chilled and partially melting.
Some of the side dishes looked great that were passing by and I think that is what I would have if I was ever there again. *The meatballs looked amazing!
That being said, the reception, our server, the staff were so nice and lovely. And the space is good.
I hate to not give it 5-stars but after knowing what Alimento puts out, I feel like this could be better m

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