Bestia

As with fashion, we sometimes find ourselves sacrificing comfort for style. We slide into a pair of sky-high heels and like the "food art" of modern fare, the heels are neither cosy nor convenient, but they are sexy, and that makes them satisfying. Luckily, exceptions live in every closet. The comfortable leather jacket and worn pair of boots feel as good as tasting roasted marrow bone and spinach gnocchetti sprinkled with crispy breadcrumbs and aged balsamic.

Bestia is a staple: a modern and frill-less Italian place that glows with Edison bulbs and hums with hip chatter. And there, nestled among the warehouses of Downtown's Arts District, you'll find some of the best pizza and pasta in this city.

Convince Boss to trek East. Secure a reservation (be wary of communal seating) but know that the full-service bar is a pretty safe bet and the cocktails go down easy. Sit outside for a quieter evening reminiscent of Brooklyn on a cool summer night.

Order the cavatelli alla norcina: ricotta dumplings, housemade pork sausage, black truffles, grana padano (pictured above) and any of the pizzas.

Also delectable - the Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart, served with salted caramel, a cacao crust, olive oil and sea salt.

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Bestia $$$ Menu 2121 E. 7th Place Los Angeles, CA 90021 213.514.5724 Sun-Thurs 6pm-11pm / Fri-Sat 6pm-12am

DowntownJessica Granger