Bestia is one of the trendiest spots in Los Angeles, run by the dynamic couple Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. The industrial space pays homage to modern-day Italian style and cuisine. Everything is house-made, from the charcuterie to the pasta and pizza.
Together, Menashe and Gergis have created one of the top restaurants in LA, marked by Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, and Food & Wine.
I must warn you that Bestia books up pretty far in advance. You really need to make a reservation, I say at least 90 days in advance if you can. If you have a party of 2, you might be able to get in sooner, but definitely any party size bigger than that you should reserve at least 3 months in advance.
You can reserve for free on Open Table.
I loved absolutely everything I had at Bestia. EVERYTHING. Truly a restaurant worthy of a special occasion. I have gone as a party of 2 and as a party of 10 for my birthday with a prix fixe menu and wine pairing. Here are some favorite items:
Genevieve’s Little Gems (walnut vinaigrette, ricotta salata, soft herbs, radish, and shallots). Such a light, refreshing way to start out a heavy meal.
Roasted Marrow Bone (spinach gnocchetti, crispy breadcrumbs, and aged balsamic). The roasted bone marrow makes a creamy, savory sauce for the gnocchetti.
Clam (burrata, mozzarella, clams in escabeche, chili flakes, fresh oregano, paprika and garlic). The combination of the burrata and mozzarella make this pizza so creamy and smooth.
Cavatelli alla Norcina (ricotta dumplings, housemade pork sausage, black truffles and grana padano). Creamy and savory, the dumplings melt in your mouth.
Grilled Whole Branzino (pea tendrils, fried herbs and grilled lemon). Cooked perfectly, the light citrus taste highlights the delicate flaky fish.
32oz Bone-in Dry Aged Prime Ribeye (arugula, turnips, radish, tarragon, apple balsamic & brown butter). You must get medium rare, so perfectly juicy.
The sommelier was amazing and I highly recommend the pairing, or at least an Italian wine to pair with everything.
Attire is semi-casual and you may want to bring a light jacket in case you get seated outside. Bestia is a little more on the pricey side ($30-50 per person at least probably) and open for dinner only. However, there is valet (hard to find in LA), a beautiful patio and some of the best food in Los Angeles. Worth it and a must stop!