means “beast” in Spanish but take the I and the A away and you have “best” which is what I think of when I eat at Bestia. THEE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT!!!
In case you missed the memo, the hottest Italian place to eat right now is Bestia. Located in the Arts District area of Downtown Los Angeles— Bestia can be found tucked among the likes of other commercial and industrial style buildings off of E 7th Pl. Now, I know you’re prob thinking, that is such an odd location! but don’t let its location or outer appearance fool you, once you walk inside you’ll understand what I am talking about. . . from the exposed brick to the soft lighting to the welcoming and helpful wait staff you immediately feel at ease and ready to sit and eat, even with the butcher style meat hooks hanging above you, NOW that says a lot. Bestia def exudes a sense of strong yet relaxed class, warmth, and elegance which is the exact opposite of what you would expect given the name and location.
Ok…..moving on now on to the best part…the FOOD. I have to admit that I do love me some red meat so I was really excited to eat here. But, even if you don’t there are a ton of options. If you are a total foodie or just feeling adventurous you must order Midollo al Forno a Legna aka the Bone Marrow (I would’ve ordered two but I needed room for dessert and I didn’t want to be greedy ha) oh and ask the waiter/waitress for help with pairing wine if you drink (makes it taste that much better). But it is by far one of the best things on the menu. Now, if you are in the mood for pasta I would recommend the Fusilli Lunghi al Sugo di Capra which is the hand-rolled fusilli, with braised goat, housemade ricotta salata and pistachio oil (this was my personal favorite). Not diggin the meat– (vegetarians) fear not they have delicious options for you like the house Margherita Pizza (oven fresh with perfect crust to sauce to topping ratio-nom nom!!). While I was eating, I got lucky enough to have caught one of the Chef’s in the kitchen–Chef Erik Sun (follow him on Twitter @Pursuitoffood *side note* he hunts and fishes for all his own food-how awesome is that??!!!) Chef Erik surprised us with FRESH LOBSTER SASHIMI AND ROCK SCALLOPS both of which he had caught earlier in the morning. After that I was in complete foooood heaven. But it didn’t end there…to end the meal we ordered coffee (amazing and woke us right back up!) fresh ice cream and the donuts–all of which did NOT disappoint! Overall, I got to taste the most amazing food and try new things, got to hang out at a hip cool place, meet some new people, so there is no question that I will definitely be back going back there! My only suggestion for you!…make reservations and GO WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS! That way you can all share and order tons of different stuff, because there are so many yummy things on that menu!
2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tue-Thu, Sun 6 pm – 11 pm
Fri-Sat 6 pm – 12 am
HAPPY EATING!!! 🙂