Husband and wife team Genevieve Gergis and Ori Menashe are behind Bestia, an Italian haven that consistently ranks high on local best of lists. The decor follows the name, which translates to "Beast" in Italian, showcased in a wall of weapons and meat-hook chandeliers. There's no wrong choice on this menu, but the roasted marrow bone, tortellini di mortadella, and alla'nduja pizza are all favorites for first timers. Without a reservation, expect to wait at least an hour or an hour and a half, even on a weeknight. If you're looking to dine in a big group or want a primo time slot (7 p.m. on a Saturday night, say), then you'll need to plan ahead and make a reservation at least a month in advance.
By Sarah Purkrabek, AFAR Contributor
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Dinner in the Warehouse.. In East LA
I power-through the traffic in and around downtown if it means Bestia Italian at the end of the bumper-to-bumper line up. The bone marrow is unlike anything you've ever tasted, and the pizzas are Neapolitan perfection with home-grown produce 'n spices.
By Nick Pachelli, AFAR Contributor
Best(ia) Italian in Los Angeles
In my view Los Angeles is now officially giving San Francisco a run for its money when it comes to food. Bestia's dishes rank, hands-down, amongst the most outstanding that I have had in months. I'd return to L.A. just to eat there. Try the beef heart tartare, and (oh my) the bone marrow dish. I ordered a second, so worth it—I am still glowing as I write. The gang there is simply awesome. Thank you Mr. Salumi Man (Mike), and sweetheart Justin for making the night refreshingly un–L.A. and fun.
By Nina Dietzel, AFAR Ambassador
2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Sun - Thur 5pm - 11pm
Fri, Sat 5pm - 12am