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Italian dinner and drinks at Bestia

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!


I've read about the many wonderful dishes are Bestia since the start of this year that I think it's time that me, you, and a few other Pleasure Palate members pay a visit to this dining establishment.

LA Times' Jonathan Gold, our very own Pulitzer Prize Food Critic here in Los Angeles, describes his Bestia dining experience... "What we're a new, anti-California cuisine, 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. You may think the cassoeula — or the simply grilled orata, Italian sea bass, stuffed with boiled broccoli rabe; or the chunky cavatelli pasta tossed with chopped black truffles, sausage and cheese — are rather bland. I think they may be among the most purely Italian dishes I have ever tasted in Los Angeles. The sentiments do not necessarily contradict one another."

Miss Super Anonymous herself, Besha Rodell, Food Critic at LA Weekly, particularly picks Bestia as one of the 99 Essential Restaurants of 2013 before the year is up. She describes the food and drink as such, "The beef tartare is beef-heart tartare; the carpaccio might be made from tendon. Menashe makes his own charcuterie and pastas, and does a smashing job with both. His style is one of maximizing flavors rather than creating contrasts, like pairing iron-rich chicken gizzards with earthy beets, or scallop crudo with squid-ink bottarga — deep on deep; fresh fish on fish funk. The cocktails and the wine program are both serious and fun, and Gergis' desserts, while more simple and straightforward than the rest of the menu, are not to be missed."

However, my all time favorite restaurant review comes from Yelper Rachel C from New York. She simply writes, "I've only been here once but it was awesome!"

Care to join me for dinner and drinks at Bestia? Well, you better RSVP now to reserve your seat at the table.

Bestia website:


Sunny, Co-Organizer for Pleasure Palate


Stuff to know:

  1. All other Foodie meetup groups are charging an attendance deposit for your guaranteed attendance. I choose not to require a deposit as I know that you are a responsible diner and fully committed to attending this dinner.
  2. You are responsible for paying for your own meal and beverages.
  3. A profile photo of YOU is required if you RSVP Yes. No photos of your pets (although we'd love to dine with pets), flowers, plants, landscape, an avatar, a cartoon, or some object or thing that is not you in human form. If there is no real profile photo of you when you RSVP, I will leave you on the Wait List.
  4. Parking is either paid valet or street.
  5. Please make note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Canceling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!

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  • Dan

    Great meal, especially the suckling pig, and I agree that the pizza was up there with Mozza's. Can't believe that we ate as well as we did and as much as we did, for only $53 pp (including tax and tip)! Great group of people too!

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Kiyo

    An impressive well rounded menu with excellent service and loved the company lead by Sunny!! Excellent bone marrow topped with bread crumbs, the pastas we had were wonderful with the squid ink pasta rivaling Ink's version, the pizza (Sunny told us he makes his own yeast) was really tasty like Mozza Pizza, and shocking was the roasted suckling pig which was so juicy and flavorful yet finally a place that gets that it needs a crispy skin! I felt bad that there was one no show because someone could have taken that place for a fabulous dinner!!

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Mary

    Everything was superb--food, ambience, and especially the company. Thanks to Sunny for organizing. My favorites were the squid ink pasta, pizza and pig. I definitely would return for a pizza and/or pig party!

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Jeff

    I really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. We had a pseudo chefs table which was located located right behind the "pass", very cool. If the whole pig dinner or just another visit to Bestia happens, please include me. : )

    On a less pleasant note, I encounter "No Shows", or at least an empty chair reserved for these thoughtless souls, at far to many events lately. As an organizer of events, and more importantly an attendee, I find this extremely RUDE! These individuals hog up a space that usually would have been coveted by another attendee. A "twitter shaming", ala Red Medicine, just doesn't seem adequate.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • SuNnY

    Despite the one No Show, the dining event at Bestia was incredibly tasty. Everything that delicious bit that every Food Critic and Yelpers have mentioned about Bestia was true. It is hard to say what dish was the best, because all 12 dishes that we tried were amazing. Family-style was recommended by our Server Zachary and for $53 each person, it was quite the deal. The most memorable dishes for me were the Roasted Bone Marrow, the pizza with the Salsiccia and Lamb Sausage, the Squid Ink Spaghetti with Calamari, and the Roasted Suckling Pig. The bartender hooked me up with the Sling cocktail, which was a little sour and a little fruity sweet. As for the desserts, That Valhona Chocolate Budino Tart satisfied my chocolate sweet tooth. I'd like to return to Bestia for a pizza tasting. I'd also return for a Suckling Pig dinner. It was nice to have the crispy skin and the pork meat served with the entree.

    3 · June 16, 2013

  • SuNnY

    Hi Terry,
    I've made you a No Show on 6/15/13 for the Pleasure Palate dinner at Bestia on June 15, 2013, which is your 2nd strike against your membership. You were previously a no show to the Pleasure Palate event on 12/11/13.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Jeff

    Any attendees interested car pooling a short distance (Little Tokyo) so we can split the $8.00 valet? I think most of you have my cell # or you can send me a message through Meetup.

    June 14, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Yippee! Thanks Sunny!

    June 12, 2013

  • Tom D

    Sunny -- Sorry to cancel late, was not sure I could make it, another time.

    June 12, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Daughter has 1st fashion show. Motherly duties won out, so sad.

    June 12, 2013

  • Paula

    Everyone, when you go to Bestia, do NOT park on the street outside. Bite the bullet and pay for valet parking within their private lot (about $5-7). Several months ago, when that location was still owned by the former restaurant, I parked on the street instead of in the lot and my car was broken into. It happened to several other people that night, including Wasima. The cops told me that car break-ins are very common in that area. Granted, it doesn't happen all the time, as I have been lucky before, and so you can always roll the dice. Still, just wanted to offer a word of caution...

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • SuNnY

      Thanks for the tip Paula.

      May 19, 2013

  • SuNnY

    boy, this event filled up quick. Looks like we have some serious diners in the group. ;)

    May 19, 2013

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