Bestia’s beginnings

Hosted by

Genevieve Gergis (L), Evan Kleiman (C), and Ori Menashe (R) at KCRW. Photo by Nick Liao/KCRW

Bestia was the restaurant that was never supposed to work, according to chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. In 2012, the Arts District was a different animal. For their chef-driven Italian restaurant, the couple chose a cavernous space at what one Yelp reviewer called “the corner of Crack and Murder.” Six years later, Bestia remains one of the busiest spots in town, where getting a reservation is a coup—and now there’s a new cookbook.


"Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A." by Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. Photo credit: Nicole Franzen
Credits

Host:
Evan Kleiman

Producers:
Nick Liao, Joseph Stone, Laryl Garcia