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Some of L.A.’s most interesting Italian dishes are found at this hip, industrial-chic restaurant at the edge of downtown.
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Dining room at Bestia, Los Angeles, CA

Bestia Restaurant Review

: At the noir-ish edge of the downtown L.A. Arts District, this sprawling trattoria from restaurateur Bill Chait (Rivera, Sotto, Picca) is packed nightly with a handsome crowd enjoying the ambience --- the old warehouse's rustic-industrial décor includes exposed brick, meat hooks and Edison bulbs. A variety of seating options is available, including the bar, chef's counter and communal table, plus two patios. Be aware that the noise level can be high. Chef Ori Menashe's years at Angelini Osteria result in a menu of deftly tweaked Italian classics, such as grilled octopus and calamari with fennel and mushrooms, as well as edgier Italian gems including veal tartare crostino with parsley, capers and shallots. As for the pizzas, you might find a house-made lamb sausage pizza with a chewy, blistered crust one could enjoy all by itself. Pastas are slyly rustic; a bold spaghetti rustichella marries sea urchin, fermented chili and grated squid ink bottarga, while porcini pappardelle presents hand-cut mushroom pasta with poached farm egg. Among the secondi you may find grilled whole orata with rapini ripassati, anchovy paste and dandelion greens. Try pastry chef Genevieve Gergis's crème fraîche panna cotta or butterscotch coconut tart to finish the meal. The short but fun and well-researched wine list by wine director Maxwell Leer goes beyond France and Italy to offer interesting bottles from the likes of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Meanwhile, the cocktail program was designed by leading mixologist Julian Cox.

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