“an honest Mom and Pop restaurant”
Chef Ori maintains an aggressive house-cured meats program with over 60 different forms of charcuterie for Bestia; Bestia means Beast in Italian. Chef Ori is also responsible for raising his own yeast culture which he uses to bake Bestia’s sourdough Pain au Levain, used as toast ubiquitously on the menu, as well as for the pizza dough, which rises and falls over a 24-hour cycle prior to being composed as a Napolitana pizza and baked in the Acunto (wood-burning) oven at ~900 degrees. Bestia makes many forms of fresh pastas, of which fusilli, agnolotti, and cassarece are only a few. On the dolci side of the menu, Chef Genevieve is preparing a plethora of desserts from scratch using the finest raw ingredients such as acquarello rice (an Italian carnaroli rice aged 18 months) for her al dente rice pudding served with perfectly ripened in-season fruit or her earthly, nutty, chestnut flour zeppole served with house-made coffee gelato and cream. In addition, Chef Genevieve was partially responsible for the design of Bestia, where she re-furbished oil drum spouts converting them into lighting fixtures and conceptualizing the floating booth system just to name one of her many aesthetic contributions. The overall industrial feel of Bestia, coupled with the passion, hard work and talent of Chef Ori and Chef Genevieve make Bestia an honest Mom and Pop restaurant built to last.
Get in like a VIP at this always-packed Downtown warehouse-turned-restaurant by posting up at the intimate chef's table—behind-the-scenes seats where you and up to four friends will get a bird's-eye view of all the action. Watch as chefs plate pasta mixed with bottarga and sea urchin, house-made lamb sausage pizza from the wood-burning oven and grilled whole orata. And may we suggest not skimping on dessert? You'll want to save room for the olive oil and salted caramel chocolate budino tart and spiced "coffee & donuts." It can get loud in the industrial space, but we say it adds to the revelry.
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- Sun - Thu: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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