Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis are the husband and wife team behind Bestia, the multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District. Bestia — which means “beast” in Italian — serves up creative seasonal fare, including Menashe’s house-cured meats and Gergis’ homemade desserts. Soaring ceilings, a huge open kitchen, pops of color and wood tables make for a cool, industrial vibe.
Jonathan Gold of the LA Times praised the kitchen’s “Italian cooking that willfully turns its back on the lessons taught by Wolfgang Puck, Mark Peel and Celestino Drago, among others, food whose flavors are neither amplified nor perfected but are simply presented as themselves.” Gold adds they are “among the most purely Italian dishes” he has have ever tasted in LA.
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