Bestia’s beginnings

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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



Evan Kleiman