Bestia and RivaBella

The two restaurants  offer different interpretations of Italian but speak the same language
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RivaBella has its own kind of magic. One night a knot of chums was remembering the Hamburger Hamlet that had occupied the space for ages. “This was the bar,” said the fellow in the Gucci loafers before his friend set him straight. “Whaddya talking about? This is too far from the street. Must have been the kitchen.” (He was right.) A scene like that would never occur at Bestia. With its rock soundtrack and its innards and its downtown-in-spades location, Bestia may be more of the moment, but RivaBella has the only chef in L.A. who could capture the classic Riviera ideal without appearing dated or weird. Angelini’s signature ricotta torte with rum-poached pears has never tasted better. Given the grand surroundings, it packs almost a symbolic power, coming to stand for all the quiet pleasures of an old-school approach. The pastry chef doesn’t bring desserts out, but when a waiter crossed the dining room recently with a sparkler gushing on a plate, it was enough to make every head turn. 


Bestia
2121 East 7th Place,Downtown

Best dishes
Beef heart tartare, pan-roasted chicken gizzards, nettle tagliolini, panna cotta

Drinks
Cocktails, craft beers, Italian wines

Atmosphere
Bloggerish, animated

Noise Level
Extremely loud

Kid Friendly?
The yuck factor might kick in

Price Range
$6 (olives) to $29 (double pork chop)

Hours
Sun., Tue.-Thu.: 6-11. Fri.-Sat.: 6-midnight

Parking
Valet, $6

Reservations
Recommended

Credit Cards
All major

Contact
213-514-5724 or bestiala.com


RivaBella
9201 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Best dishes
Beef carpaccio, farro and shrimp salad, radicchio with Gorgonzola dressing, pork loin panino, osso buco, ricotta torte

Drinks
Cocktails, broad Italian wine selection

Atmosphere
Moneyed

Noise Level
Tolerable

Kid Friendly?
The staff is welcoming

Price Range
$12 (soup du jour) to $78 (porterhouse steak for 2)

Hours
Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11:30-2:30. Dinner: Sun.-Mon., 5:30-10:30; Tue.-Wed., 5:30-11; Thu.-Sat., 5:30-midnight

Parking
Valet, $7-$10

Reservations
Required

Credit Cards
All major

Contact
310-278-2060 or rivabellarestaurant.com

 

                      

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