Echo Park's Pizza Buona May Have To Move Out Of Its 56-Year Home
Pizza Buona, which has been serving up slices in Echo Park for over 50 years, is getting priced out of the neighborhood. The pizza shop opened in Echo Park at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street in 1959, serving garlic bread sticks and fresh pizzas. Unfortunately, for all its fans, Israel Palacios, whose family owns the restaurant, told The Eastsider that a recent hike in the eatery's rent is prompting them to move. It's not clear where they'll move to as they're still searching for a new location. A similar fate befell Hollywood's Cat & Fiddle, which closed last year after their landlord secured a tenant with deeper pockets. No word on whether Cat & Fiddle has found a new home yet.
In 2012, a 19-year-old pregnant woman was struck by a car at the intersection near Pizza Buona. The car dragged her across the intersection and into the dining room of Pizza Buona. Miraculously, the woman was able to hold onto the hood and survived. The restaurant had to close for a month for repairs.