After hosting a parade of chefs for the most recent round of Test Kitchen, Ori Menashe’s two-month-old Bestia is already hitting its stride in Downtown LA’s Arts District. The restaurant is hidden in an industrial alley, sandwiched between Sante Fe Avenue and the oft-dry Los Angeles River, but the food and drink being concocted here are well worth any trouble you might have finding the place. The Italian menu is meat-centric, as the restaurant’s name hints (bestia is Spanish for “beast,” Italian for “beastly”), something Jonathan Gold has tagged a “new, anti-California cuisine.”

Chowhound jdwdeville visited Bestia for a late dinner and found the house packed. Seats at the high marble bar overlooking the kitchen and curing case provided a great view of the chefs in action. Every plate they put out impressed: diver scallop crudo with squid ink bottarga, mussels with house-made nduja, spaghetti alla chitarra with scallops and squid, meatballs with greens. The pan-seared octopus was the best jdwdeville’s ever tasted, the pizza noteworthy (puffy, with just the right amount of char). “Some serious caliber cooking” awaits, jdwdeville predicts.

Bestia [Downtown]
2121 E. Seventh Place, Los Angeles

Discuss: Bestia is excellent.

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