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This always-mobbed trattoria in Downtown's Arts District offers an impressive selection of house-cured charcuterie and handmade pasta, but the noise level makes intimate conversation impossible. Full review →
When Bestia debuted in a raw industrial space in the Arts District in 2012, the ambitious restaurant paved the way for Downtown L.A. to become the serious dining destination that it is... Full review →
This sprawling trattoria from restaurateur Bill Chait (Rivera, Sotto, Picca) is packed nightly with a handsome crowd enjoying the ambience. Full review →
Salumi, pasta and pizza: This is the holy trinity of the current trend toward rustic Italian dining. Full review →
The most sought-after reservation in town can be found at this new and splashy Italian kitchen in the Arts District. Full review →
If you want to understand Bestia, you should probably take a look at the cassoeula, a version of a traditional cabbage stew popular in Milan. Full review →
Modern Italian in chic industrial setting. Full review →
Bestia not only changed this city’s culinary game, it might’ve changed an entire part of the city. This is not a dinner. This is an experience. Full review →
Don’t try to walk into Bestia without a reservation. As the most talked about (and as a result, packed) restaurant at the moment, securing a table at least a week in advance is a good idea. Full review →
Chef Ori Menashe and his wife, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, helped put the Arts District on the map when they opened Bestia. Here, the team cures meats for the charcuterie bar (the... Full review →Be sure to order the cavatelli a la norcina—ricotta dumplings tossed with chopped black truffles, spicy pork sausage, and salty grana pardano cheese—with a cocktail by Julian Cox or a glass of lesser-known Italian wine.
The up and coming Arts District in downtown LA has gone from a few desolate warehouses to one of the hottest new restaurant destinations. Full review →
Husband-and-wife team Ori Menashe (ex Angelini Osteria) and Genevieve Gergis "are a force to be reckoned with" at this "new fave" in Downtown's Arts District. Full review →