There is a moment before Bestia opens when the faithful are lined up outside in the recently hipified Arts District and the staff is inside and you hear them. Clapping. And yelling. Very loudly. It’s bit of a primal experience and it sets the tone for what is to come. For when the garage doors go up and the front door opens the ravenous and the faithful storm in and the show begins.
With its sleek look and innovative Italian menu and all around convivial vibe you get the feeling Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, husband and wife chef and pastry chef, are having a lot of fun. As too are the diners, supping on wondrous pastas, delicious pizza and terrific starters.