It’s been a minute since we’ve had some haute Food Porn up in here and what better way to get your weekend started off right than with one of my FAVES: Bestia in Downtown LA!

I remember this evening like it was yesterday. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it would mark the last night that we would spend in our LA apartment since losing it more than a month ago. As saddened as I am was about the loss, these images just prove that my sense memory would last a lifetime, especially when that sense is ALL about taste!

 

Know Before You Go

Bestia is one of those famed establishments in DTLA that boasts a record-topping 2+ months to snag a reservation. Almost unheard of in these parts since great eats are a dime a dozen but when something is this FAB, you know all of SoCal be coming here in droves! We opted to just do a walk-in super early right when they opened (5:30ish) and prayed that foodie gods would lend a helping hand. As fate would have it, the hostess seated us immediately with the promise that we would hightail it outta there before the next party arrived 7:30pm. 2+ hours gave us plenty of time to nosh on that entire menu! Can’t believe our luck!

 

Here’s what we ordered from the BEST in LA!

Roasted Marrow Bone. spinach gnocchetti. crispy breadcrumbs. aged balsamic

MUST GET!!! Easily one of the BEST bone marrows I’ve ever had. The freshly made gnocchetti was simply divine, perfectly al dente with crunchy crispy bits of breadcrumb to balance out the soft chewy textures of the plate. Albeit a bit heavy, but one bite is just enough to deem this dish OUTSTANDING.

Chicken Liver Crostino. chives. marjoram. aged balsamic. sea salt
Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards. roasted beets. belgian endive. aged capra sarda
Burrata. san marzano tomatoes. castelvetrano olives. oregano. fermented chilies

Sadly, I wasn’t too impressed with their pizza. As you can see, the crust is served almost to a crispy burn, the bottom portion was just beyond saving but the flavors are there. The crust, notsomuch. I prefer Pizzeria Mozza’s crispy, buttery crust over Bestia’s any day.

Cavatelli alla Norcina. ricotta dumplings. housemade pork sausage. black truffles. grana Padano

This is their MOST popular dish on the pasta menu. Truffles + dumplings, what’s not to love? A familiar favorite but I MUCH prefer the dish below over this one.

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara. cacao pasta parcel. braised oxtail. burro fuso. grana padano. pine nuts. currants

OMG died and went to pasta heaven! Delicate folds of cocoa-flavored agnolotti envelops bits of stringy braised oxtail, my all-time FAVE method of cooking this type of meat. I love when the flavors have been completely saturated in the protein, leaves such a lasting sensation and had me begging for more!! But definitely had to save my stomach for the main course and desserts!

Grilled Whole Branzino. herb salad. castelvetrano olives. marjoram. shaved carrots

Beautiful dish, simple, but satisfying summer flavors.
Solid A, fresh and very LA-centric for the waistline! lol

Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart. salted caramel. cacao crust. olive oil. sea salt
“Coffee & Donuts.” spiced chestnut zeppole. whipped cream. coffee ice cream
Pink Lady and Candied Persimmon Crostata. frangipane. warm vanilla custard

Triple threat dessert spread!!!  Doesn’t get ANY better than this ending y’all….

Bestia

2121 7th Place | Los Angeles CA, 90021 | 213.514.5724

Contemplating my next return visit ;D

Bon Appétit mes amis!

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  1. Dang girl! I'm so jelly that you've tried Bestia. I've been trying to get a reservation there forever, but it seems like their online reservation system is always backed up! We'll definitely be coming here, when the bae gets back from Thailand!

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