2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Why did we dine here? – A big LA scene with impressive Italian food. Bestia (Italian for Beast) bubbled to the top of the possibilities when planning our LA must hit list. 4.5 stars on Yelp, recommended on the annual Jonathan Gold List, what more could you ask? We knew going into this that Bestia would be loud and exhibit a major LA scene. Last visit in Summer 2019.
Ori Menashe (Pizzeria Mozza, All’ Angelo, Angelini Osteria) and Genevieve Gergis have put together a super popular restaurant in the middle of nowhere, with really good food, and everyone wants to come here.
Note substitutions and modifications are politely declined
Insider Tip – Reserve early. Call as not all tables are on Opentable
Cuisine – Italian
Location – Los Angeles Downtown
Opened – 2013
Service – Bestia had very good service. We were shocked how often servers and waitstaff came by. No issues with pacing or help ordering. Napkin folding, fast refills, and more..
Verdict – Bestia actually lived up to the hype, impressing us. The food was fantastic as was the scene! Places like Flour and Water or Cotogna in SF simply do not mirror power here. Highly recommended. Cannot wait to go back.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Bestia Signature Dishes – Beef heart tartar, chicken liver crostini, bone marrow, Pasta, Pizza.
Bestia’s Menu is very wide ranging with lots of starters, 5 pizzas, 6 pastas, 3 secondi entrees, and 7 dessert options. Something for everyone including vegetarians.
Bestia Food Picks:
Mojito ($13) was full of ice but still strong and balanced.
Tomato Salad ($14) burrata. bottarga. fresh oregano. fried buckwheat. cinnamon champagne vinaigrette brings up the words simple, natural, clean as well as fantastic. Small cherry tomatoes with really good cheese.
Chicken Liver Pate ($18) is a good stand-in for Foie Gras. Very smooth with egg, and some nice country bread.
Mussels and Clams ($22) housemade spicy ‘nduja sausage. fennel seed. preserved orange. Grilled bread brought up the heat level to a higher level than expected. Excellent dish with fantastic bread.
Alla’nduja pizza ($19) housemade spicy ‘nduja. san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. black cabbage. fennel pollen was made right in front of our eyes. Somewhat soggy center but really nice texture to the crust.
Margherita Pizza ($19) was good with quality cheese and not much soginess.
Casarecce al Pomodoro ($16) twisted semolina pasta. tomato sugo. fresh ricotta. basil oil was also very al dente. A vegetarian freshly made pasta dish that is sure to impress.
Cavatelli ($32) is expensive but done well. Not very al dente and really nice sausage.
Spaghetti Rustichella ($29) sea urchin. garlic. calabrian chilies. squid ink bottarga. thai basil is eggless and cooked very al dente like they do it in Italy! Great dish. The spaghetti is well covered in sauce and the chilies did not overwhelm the dish. On another visit it was crab spaghetti ($29) which was not as good. Also not al dente in 2019.
Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta ($9) page mandarin. candided mandarinquat. meyer lemon butter cookies was an eggless delight. Smooth, rich, creamy and not too sweet.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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