Several years ago I wrote a brief article for my then new blog. www.dinewithjb.com, about Anthony Bourdain. I felt an instant kinship with this man after reading his iconic book Kitchen Confidential, and with whom, under different circumstances I may have become very good friends with if I had just turned the right corner at the right time.
Tradizione! Tradition! The cornerstone upon which Italian cooking is based – no matter the region, city or village throughout the country of Italy, tradition is what drives the dishes you eat, the ingredients that are used and the techniques implemented. This is what has given Italian food it’s beloved position in the world as the globe’s favorite cuisine.
I have now been to too many Italian restaurants who claim they make authentic “grandma’s” or “Mamma’s” Bolognese Sauce when in fact they are poor if not pathetic attempts at this classic and, yes, historic Italian staple.
I had been avoiding going to Bestia for several reasons – first and foremost it was impossible to get in without booking a table two months in advance. This was a source of enormous frustration and irritation, the suspicion that the restaurant was “saving” its tables for “special clientele” only – the Kardashian crowd in other words.
I discovered this delicious brisket recipe and did not hesitate to make it for this years Christmas Eve dinner. The intense flavor is created in the initial browning phase – do not be afraid to let meat brown over high heat for the required 4-5 minutes per side – you will be rewarded with a delicious, brawny and caramelized flavor.
New restaurants pop up in Los Angeles every week, most of them close a few months later due to the fierce competition in this city and the expectations of a very discriminating clientele.