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Pizza Buona - A Brief Review (Alvarado/Sunset)

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ns1 Sep 24, 2008 08:51 AM

So after a year of living down the street, I finally made it out to the neighborhood pizza joint. FWIW, they also deliver.

The location looks ancient. Like, really ancient. The jukebox is new, but the music is old. Kitchen is quite big and clean though.

We ordered a large half pepperoni mushroom half jalapeno + meatball and some garlic bread.

Garlic bread was ok, nothing special, toasted well though and satiated our appetite long enough.

Pizza - Greasy. Damn. I'd say about as greasy as Nicky D's and Big Mama's in DTLA. We figure it's because they put their cheese on TOP of the toppings, thereby trapping all the grease in. Cheese kinda hard on top, not really stringy, even though the damn thing was really cheesy. Ingredients tasted pretty good (but greasy, damnit). Crust was thin towards the center, got pretty thick towards the end. Kinda crackery which was awesome, but weighed down by the grease/cheese.

Overall, better than chain, not as good as other pizzerias of consideration.

My pecking order (from all the local places I've been to):

Vitos -> lamonicas -> joe's -> nicky d's -> buono

Next up: Casa Biana/Petrillo's

  1. lotta_cox Sep 24, 2008 09:04 AM

    We order food for delivery from Buona, but never pizza. If and when we order pizza in the neighborhood for delivery we order from Hard Times. We order a bastardization of a couple of their pastas when we order from them. We order marinara with shrimp, which is actually not on their menu but pretty delicious. Lots os large shrimps and a nice slightly spicy red sauce.

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      roadfix Sep 24, 2008 09:26 AM

      I live in Echo Park and have eaten at PB numerous times. I like everything on their menu except for their pizzas for the reasons stated above. Their sliding off the crust toppings have frustrated me one too many times. In fact, I would order a Dominos pizza over PB's, any day, and have done so several times!

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        aventinus Sep 24, 2008 10:01 AM

        Ironically, I ordered from Pizza Buona for the first time last night. I was unimpressed. Like roadfix, I found it impossible to eat the pizza by hand, because the toppings (including the thick, chewy cheese clump kept sliding off the infirm crust). Nonetheless, I found this pizza better than Hard Times, which I really didn't like.

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          andytseng Sep 24, 2008 12:43 PM

          So is there ANY decent pizza in the area? I live right by St Vincent's and have often considered getting delivery, but I always end up deciding against it. Been considering heading over to Masa in Echo Park.

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            ns1 Sep 24, 2008 12:49 PM

            nicky d's was good, just don't get the wings and use napkins on the grease

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              Burger Boy Sep 24, 2008 08:49 PM

              I love Nicky D's wings, unless they changed them, kind of italiany hot wings, right?

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                ns1 Sep 25, 2008 09:17 AM

                Just generic, crappy hot wings (at least that's what we got)

                Could have been from Costco for all I know.

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              perk Sep 24, 2008 02:16 PM

              I really think that Capriccio's on Hollywood Blvd. and Hillhurtst is very good.

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            ns1 Sep 24, 2008 10:14 AM

            For the love of god guys, post this stuff up on chow so I can read up on it before I order =P

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              roadfix Sep 24, 2008 10:18 AM

              I did, about two weeks ago, right here.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555389

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                ns1 Sep 24, 2008 10:29 AM

                omg you could edit the name of the restaurant into the title you know =P

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                  roadfix Sep 24, 2008 10:40 AM

                  I didn't know you could edit the title.

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              silverlakebodhisattva Sep 24, 2008 01:59 PM

              What about:

              Tomato Pie? Rufelli's ("Rudellis"?) (Fletcher between Riverside and Glendale)? The place on Sunset with the scooters, the name of which escapes me? Cappriccio? the re-opened Michaelangelo? the satanic-named place on Hillhurst (Purgatory? Lucifer's? Beelzebub's? something like that...)?(They may not even be opened yet; it's SL/LF!)

              1. monku Sep 24, 2008 04:57 PM

                Thanks for the heads up on Pizza Buono....drive by all the time wondering what its like...looks like they should have good pizza.

                Anytime I've seen a pizza made the cheese is the last thing to go on and its always on top. Maybe they use too much sauce or don't spread it out thin enough and that's why everything slides off. Also maybe it isn't real cheese and that's why its so greasy?

                1. JeMange Sep 24, 2008 05:59 PM

                  As far as local pizza goes, you now have loads of options. Tomato Pie on Hyperion in Silver Lake is a very tasty NYC-style pizza. It beats Hard Times by a country mile and is cheaper to boot. Garage Pizza on the corner of Sunset/Hyperion is pretty tasty as well and they're open late. Andiamo further east on Sunset - near Rambutan Thai - is decent but my favorite in the 'hood is Il Capriccio on Hollywood diagonally across from the Vista. It's the most "authentic" Italian, has a nice, wood-oven chew to the crust but is a bit on the expensive side.

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                    andytseng Sep 25, 2008 02:10 AM

                    Can I get just a slice or 2 at any of these places? Or are they whole pizzas only.

                    Garage Pizza sounds like the type of place people might go to just grab a slice or two after a few drinks.

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                      monku Sep 25, 2008 05:39 AM

                      Tomato Pie has pizza by the slice.

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                        rednyellow Sep 25, 2008 11:42 AM

                        I usually hit Garage Pizza after a night of cocktails at Akbar. I finally tried it sober and it was pretty good.

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                        ns1 Sep 25, 2008 09:18 AM

                        Thanks for the recs. I'm south of the 101 so Silverlake isn't quite as close as I'd like it to be.

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                        greentie Jan 17, 2009 09:21 PM

                        Just had the pizza and loved the topping, but was intrigued but the "pizza slide", never had a pizza before where the topping slide so easily of and was wondering why.

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