Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.




Bar-top seating with front row view of the chefs’ workstation at Bestia

Bar-top seating with front row view of the chefs’ workstation at Bestia


Beast it and they will come

Once upon a time, the French bistro Church & State set up camp near a loading dock at a Nabisco warehouse in a place downtown where no one dared to go. Before that, we had run into Los Angeles’ mayor at R-23, a Japanese joint on the fringes of the safe zone. Now the Italians have pushed the edge of the envelope even further and it’s an instant success. Getting a reservation at Bestia, an Italian osteria by Bill Chait (Rivera, Sotto, Short Order, Picca), is no small feat. The industrial building transformed into a cozy non-pretentious eatery is on the edge of the LA River in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. The multi-space, creative establishment goes retro with Edison filament bulbs to shed some light over the communal wood table, two-tops and booths. You may also sit at the bar or park yourself on one of the two patios to sample the artistry of husband and wife chef team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis (pastry). Specialties here are home-made charcuterie, pasta and pizza from the Acunto wood-fired oven. The entire beast (hog, cow, etc.) comes in and delectable dishes come out, like fusilli lunghi al sugo di capra. For gringos, that’s hand-rolled pistachio pasta in braised goat ragu. Here is what the Bestia (Beast) experience looks like…

Related Articles:
Bestia Restaurant Review
Bestia Restaurant Website
Top 10 Best Italian Restaurants in LA
Los Angeles Travel Guide

You can click on each photo to enlarge.

Bestia on Urbanspoon

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment