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Los Angeles, USA

Young couple cook from the heart

Love is in the air: You can feel the love at this Italian restaurant, where husband-and-wife team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis cook from the heart, creating rustic and satisfying seasonal dishes. 

Bold flavours: There's a generosity of spirit about the bold flavours on offer, from the house-cured salumi or burrata-topped pizza to freshly made cavatelli pasta shells filled with ricotta and served with lumps of pork sausage, black truffles and Grana Padano. Don't miss Gergis' desserts, such as creamsicle torte comprising glorious layers of coconut, sour tangerine, meyer lemon and kumquat meringue.

A beast of a restaurant: Bestia translates as 'beast' in Italian and there's certainly a wild side to the dining room, which is housed in a converted warehouse. Meat hook chandeliers and a design featuring bar-brawl weapons, including knives and broken bottles, are partnered with industrial building materials such as tile, steel, marble and wood. The effect is softened by a warm amber colour scheme and comfortable booths.

A meeting of minds: The couple met while working at Italian restaurant La Terza in Los Angeles. Menashe went on to work at Pizzeria Mozza and Angelini Osteria.

Did you know? Gergis once studied to be a classical French horn player.

Images: Sierra Prescott

On the pass

  • Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

Style of food

  • Modern Italian

Standout dish

  • Roasted marrow bone, spinach gnocchetti, crispy breadcrumbs and aged balsamic