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Bestia Take 2 - Seasonal Italian DTLA

  • Apr 3, 2014 · 8:30 PM

Our first dinner at Bestia with the group was AMAZING, and I'd love for more of you to be able to join, and to try more items on the menu.  Last time chef Ori came out and talked to us for quite a bit and even offered us some salumi (which are amazing and made in house).  The oven there is also quite impressive and turns out great pizzas.  According to the chef, the menu isn't straight Italian, but rather Italian influenced by his Israeli background.  He confesses his love for his mentor, Gino Angelini from Angelini Osteria and you see the influence from his work there in his current menu at Bestia.  Bestia is a red hot dinner ticket and rightfully so!

As usual, let's go and share FAMILY STYLE to get the most out of the extensive menu.  I'm guesstimating $40-$50 per person excluding tax and tip.

From Jonathan Gold:

What we're tasting, then, is 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.


Marinated Olives: cerignola. castelvetrano. taggiasche. gaeta. picholine.  6

Roasted Market Vegetables. olive oil. sea salt.  8

Smoked Mackerel Crostino. burrata. tomato jam. sea salt.  11


Genevieve’s Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad. little gems. housemade ricotta salata. mustard vinaigrette.  10

Kale. caper-anchovy vinaigrette. endive. arugula. pecorino toscano. breadcrumbs.   11

Bloomsdale Spinach. shaved beets. snap peas. fresh garbanzo. sieved egg. brigante. lemon-oregano citronette.  11

Heirloom Tomato Salad. burrata. purslane. oregano. sea salt. candied lemon peel.  14

Grilled Cuttlefish. persian cucumbers. cherry tomatoes. radish. soft herbs. fermented chilies. purslane.  16

Sea Urchin Crudo. armenian cucumbers. yellow and white nectarines. lardo. mint. sea salt.  24

Crispy Lamb Pancetta. dates. mint. sea fennel. hearts of fire. aged balsamic.  13

Beef Meatballs. braised beet greens. soffritto. tomato.  13

Grilled Octopus & Calamari. fennel. mixed mushrooms. arugula. aged balsamic.  16

Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards. roasted beets. belgian endive. aged capra sarda.  14

Roasted Marrow Bone. spinach gnocchetti. crispy breadcrumbs. aged balsamic.  14

Grilled Lamb Heart. arugula. fermented chilies. marcona almonds. mint. pickled shallot.  14

Mussels and Clams. spicy housemade ‘nduja. fennel seeds. preserved lemon. grilled bread.  15

Veal Tartare Crostino. shallots. parsley. lemon. capers. tonnato sauce.  14

Bill Niman Ranch grass-fed Beef Heart TartareCrostino. mint. shallots. pine nuts. champagne vinegar.  15

Salumi. chef’s selection of house-cured meats. pickles. mostarda. grilled bread.  15 / 20


Margherita. san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. basil. olive oil. sea salt.  15

Alla‘nduja. housemade spicy ‘nduja. san marzano tomatoes. mozzarella. wild arugula.  17

Salsiccia. housemade lamb sausage. san marzano tomatoes. ricotta. mint.  19

Potato. mozzarella. ricotta. grana padano. rosemary. maldon sea salt.  16

Gorgonzola. kale. mozzarella. grana padano. olive oil.  18

Burrata. san marzano tomatoes. castelvetrano olives. oregano. fermented chilies.  17


Casarecce al Pomodoro. twisted semolina pasta. tomato sugo. fresh ricotta. basil oil.  16

Cavatelli alla Norcina. ricotta dumplings. housemade pork sausage. black truffles. grana padano.  27

SpaghettiRustichella. sea urchin. squid ink bottarga. garlic. calabrian chiles. breadcrumbs.  25

Tagliatelle alla Zafferano. hand-cut saffron pasta. calabrian sausage ragu with cherry tomatoes. arugula.  18

Porcini Pappardelle. hand-cut mushroom pasta. fava & mixed mushroom ragu. poached farm egg. fried spinach.  21

Fusilli al Ragu di Angello. hand-rolled pistachio pasta. lamb ragu. housemade ricotta salata. mint.  18

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara. cacao pasta parcels with braised oxtail. burro fuso. grana padano. pine nuts. currants.  22

Squid Ink Risotto. calamari. lobster. mussels. clams. hint of pesto.  25


Grilled Whole Orata. rapini ripassati. anchovy paste. dandelion greens.  27

Grilled Kurobuta Pork Chop. anson mills polenta. nectarine mostarda. spinach.   29

Grilled Stumble Creek Skirt Steak. snap peas. haricot verts. summer squash. mint oil. cippolini agrodolce.  29


Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta. huckleberries. honey whole wheat butter cookies.  9

Raspberry Rosé Sorbetto. lemon cream. brown sugar meringue. fresh raspberries.  11

Butterscotch Coconut Tart. fresh coconut sorbetto.  10

Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart. salted caramel. cacao crust. olive oil. sea salt.  12

Plum and Nectarine Crostata. frangipane. buttermilk ice cream.  10

Ricotta Fritters. fresh strawberry jam. brown sugar gelato. simple whipped cream.  11

Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream or Blueberry Mascarpone Gelato. brown butter tuile. 9 

*substitutions and modifications politely declined. a 20% gratuity will be added for parties of 6 or more.


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