Thursday, February 23, 2012

Car Crashes into Pizza Buona

A car slammed into popular Echo Park restaurant Pizza Buona shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, shattering the glass window in front, smashing through tables and chairs and sending a pregnant woman to the hospital.
The dining room was empty at the time, but a 20-year-old pregnant pedestrian was dragged when a red Acura smashed into the pizzeria. She sustained minor injuries, reports NBC Los Angeles, which has pictures of the crash shot by Pizza Buona owner Israel Palacios.
Located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street, Pizza Buona has been around since 1959. Palacios tells NBC that a similar accident happened at the pizzeria nearly 20 years ago.
The woman, who was standing outside the longtime pizzeria at  Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street, was dragged about 20 feet through the empty dining room before the red Acura Integra sedan came to a stop amid a pile of broken tables, chairs and glass, said Israel Palacios, who was working in the kitchen of the family owned restaurant.  His mother, Otilia Schweitzer, had finished spreading table cloths in the dining room shortly before the crash took place at about 5 p.m.
“I heard what sounded like an explosion” followed by screaming, said Palacios. “I thought it was my mother.”
Palacios and other workers cleared away the debris covering the woman, who was pregnant, Palacios said. A fire department spokesman said information about the injured person was not readily available.
The driver, according to Palacios, remained on the scene until authorities arrived. The driver lost control of his vehicle as he was turning southbound on Alvarado from westbound Sunset, according to Palacios.
Palacios’ family has been through this before. More than 20 years ago, a vehicle plunged through the dining room killing a child that was outside near the bus stop.  “This is a very dangerous intersection,” said Palacios.
I had originally posted a review of this restaurant in 2010 (, and we were looking forward to getting Pizza from them for the Academy Awards this Sunday.
They are now discussing putting up a concrete barrier to prevent this from happening again at this very busy intersection.
 From the, and Echo Park Patch

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rocks in the Lake

The construction on the new banks of Echo Park Lake continues, but in the middle of the lake lies a load of broken cement. As they take down the old banks they are broken up, and for now in the middle of the lake.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Wonderful Aroma

Aroma is an Italian Restaurant that opened in Silverlake 6 years ago. We hadn't been there in quite some time and finally we went back. Buon Cibo (Good Food in Italian) is definitely fitting here, and not only that, the service is impeccable.
The restaurant itself sits in a shopping center at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Silver Lake Boulevard. Not a large space at all.
Chef Edin Marroquin is the driving force behind the extremely tasty food here. He began as a chef at the age of 18 in New York and worked for 17 years at Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica, then moved to Costa Rica for 2 years, where he assisted in opening some of Costa Rica's Italian Restaurants.
Upon his return to the states, he again worked with the owner of Valentino to open Impresario in downtown's Music Center.
I heartily recommend  if you want great Italian food with great service, this is the place you should try.

Aroma Restaurant - 2903 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 (323) 644-2833

Friday, February 10, 2012

More room for cooks and diners at Echo Park vegetarian cafe

I posted about the wonderful Elf Cafe back in 2010 ( see Eat Your Veggies)
This just in from the Eastsider LA

It’s been a long time coming but Elf Cafe, the tiny Echo Park vegetarian restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, has acquired the storefront next door as the owners prepare to apply for a beer and wine license.  But don’t expect the new space to be crowded with tables. Instead,  owner Scott Zweizen said much of the additional 600 square-feet to the east of Elf will allow him to expand his kitchen and provide other amenities.  “Though it will probably not translate into that much more seating, it will offer us the opportunity to build up our kitchen’s capabilities and give us a second restroom,” Zweizen said.
With the expanded kitchen area set up, Elf is now in the early stages of obtaining the necessary city and state permits to serve beer and wine to accompany the vegetarian dishes.
“We do plan on applying for a beer and wine license as well and have been reaching out to our residential and commercial neighbors to open a dialogue and get feedback,” Zweizen said. “The response has been wonderfully supportive.”

Echo Park becomes San Francisco for the "Parenthood"

Tuesday night’s episode of Parenthood opened up with a strangely familiar – but different – scene. As the characters walk into the frame, we realized this is the episode they filmed in Echo Park in front of The Echo, Two Boots, and then inside Origami Vinyl (you can see The Echo on the left in the above screenshot).
But there’s something a little different with the skyline – the colorful apartments on the right hand side, and the steep hills going up are all added in. While the first hill in the distance might actually be Reservoir Street, the rest is a graphic. It’s pretty strange to watch the clip as the camera pans over!
Another part later on in the episode is filmed at 1134 Lemoyne St. in Echo Park (where the pregnant character is standing outside). Both locations were filmed on or around January 23, 2012, and rumor-mill has it the production interfered quite a bit with surrounding businesses (they take up quite a bit of parking).
While Echo Park isn’t a stranger to filming, recently there’s been a surge of filming in Echo Park, Angelino Heights, and Elysian Park, including Taco Bell commercials, and other TV series like Southland and Up All Night.
Click here to watch the episode and pay attention to the first couple of minutes.