Today we’d like to introduce you to Echo Park’s Pizza Buona.
I imagine many of your best customers don’t even know the story behind Pizza Buona – can you share some of that story with us?
The restaurant originally opened under the name Pizza Bozza in 1959. The original owner was from Sicily, Italy and my mother worked for him since she was seventeen years old. She just turned 61. The original owner passed away in the late 80’s and he left the restaurant to his four kids. My father grew up with those four kids and he himself worked at Pizza Bozza as a teenager and evidently met my mother there as well. His children kept it about five years and decided to sell since they couldn’t agree on day to day operations. They offered the business to my mother because it was all she knew. The only stipulation was they couldn’t use their last name Bozza. So, she came up with Buona to keep it as close to the original name as possible so the customer base wouldn’t get too confused. My parents kept it going for twenty two years until a rent hike, among many other factors, and closed the business in December of 2015. I had been working there since I was about twenty years old traveling back and forth on weekends to work as I went to college. I started washing dishes and grew up in the business and felt I had to continue the legacy of this restaurant. As a family we looked for six months for a new location to fall short until the twelfth hour. My father had been retired for three years and decided he no longer wanted to continue in the family business so I found a small place across the street from our original location and reopened in September of 2016. My mother continues to work along side of me as she loves the restaurant. We have generations of customers that have kept us alive. We are grateful for a second opportunity and are continuing to pump out our popular and delicious food seven days a week.
Every story has its ups and downs – what are some of the difficulties you’ve had to deal with over time?
Ask anyone if the restaurant business is easy. They’ll all say it’s probably the hardest business to run. You’re married to the restaurant as the hours are demanding. Every customer is different, distributiors changing items on you, maintenance, technology is ever changing, employees, frivolous lawsuits that the law isn’t there to protect hard working business owners and instead allow greedy non-deserving people to be rewarded, getting along with neighbors, a car driving into the restaurant twice destroying everything in site, and the list goes on. Things that just make you want to throw in the towel and walk away because at times it just doesn’t feel worth it. But we restauranteurs have to percevere and continue on because the importance of an establishment such as mine in the neighborhood is all the more reason to continue on.
The best part about independent spots, in our view, is that they are able to think outside of the box and experiment with new ideas, take risks, cater to niches, etc. How does that apply to you guys?
What makes us unique is simply our food. Everything is homemade. All our sauces, bread, dough, tiramisu, lasagna, ravioli, it’s all made with love and dedication. This is what’s kept us around for fifty eight years and counting
Most Popular Items
Fettuccine with Chicken & Broccoli
Chicken and broccoli tossed in our signature homemade Alfredo sauce. Choice of egg or spinach noodles
Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh garlic
Sautéed ribeye steak bits with onions, green peppers, tomatoes and topped with Swiss cheese. Served with mayonnaise and mustard with optional homemade chipotle spread
Marinated Tomatoes Pizza
Tomatoes marinated in fresh garlic, olive oil and fresh Italian parsley
Linguine with Marinated Shrimp
Sautéed shrimp in fresh garlic, fresh Italian parsley and scallions. Served in a white wine sauce
Pepperoni Cheese Bread
Our freshly homemade garlic bread topped off with melted mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
House Special Pizza
Pepperoni, green peppers, homemade sausage, fresh mushroomsParking Advice:
Plenty of parking in our lot
Average Entre Cost:15
Address: 922 N Alvarado St Ste C
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone:213 413 0800
Social Media links
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pizzabuonala/
- Twitter: @PizzaBuonaLA
- Instagram: PizzaBuonaLA
- Yelp: Pizza Buona