We needed a place for dinner before a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I first planned on trying somewhere new in Downtown and made a reservation for it but ultimately decided to have dinner at Bestia, one of our favorites. I tried for a reservation about 10 days prior but had no luck. We got there around 6:00 pm and luckily were seated at the communal table. The only problem was all the smoke from the wood burning oven was coming our way. At times it made for a teary dining! Service was friendly and we had this waiter who kept calling my husband,”friend”.
Farro Salad Avocado Puree, Pomegranates, Pickled Sunchokes, Mouse Melon, Fried Lentils, Herbs
It was a good salad and similar to salads I make myself at home. The mouse melon was really interesting. Fried lentil, a favorite of mine, added some earthy texture.
Grilled Calamari Bartlett Pear, Endive, Watercress, Butter Beans, Aged Balsamic, Chives
This dish was so good, I could eat it everyday. Unlike all the overcooked octopuses we have had lately, the calamari was grilled beautifully. The endive, another favorite, added a nice bitter crunch and butter beans provided an earthy element to the dish. Pear added a touch of sweetness.
Pici al Sugo di Agnello Lamb Ragu, Saffron, Capra Sarda, Breadcrumbs
The saffron pasta is an old-time favorite and we can’t ever resist it. The texture of the pici was amazing. The lamb was chopped very finely and was not gamey at all. A lovely dish as usual.
Chitarra al Nero di Seppia Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster, Sea Urchin, Crème Fraîche, Fennel Pollen, Thai Basil
The squid ink pasta was perfectly al dente but I wish they gave a little more lobster. The sauce was so delicious you could bathe in it.
The interior of The Disney Concert Hall