About The Factory Kitchen
The Factory Kitchen is the first concept from the FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup that opened to high acclaim on October 31st, 2013.
Helmed by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, his wife Sommelier – Beverage Director Francine Diamond - Ferdinandi and their longtime friend and Partner Executive Chef Angelo Auriana, the Factory Kitchen re-defined the approach and the experience to casual dining in the city by combining elements of culinary arts, service, and design.
A traditional Italian Restaurant & Bar in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, the Factory Kitchen culinary concept focuses on local recipes from the Northern Italian Regions; but emphasizes on some Ligurian traditional dishes like Mandilli di Seta al Pesto alla Genovese and the Focaccina Calda al Formaggio di Recco.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:30 - 11 Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:30 - 9:30
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet or street parking if available.
Chef Angelo Auriana
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, The Factory Kitchen can accommodate all of your special event needs.
The Factory Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
My overall experience was fantastic. Eac ...
My overall experience was fantastic. Each dish had its own prominent and unique flavor - everything was well balanced. My favorite dish was the prosciutto, every aspect was so well paired and executed. The cocktails were also quite notable, very thoughtfully crafted.
The only thing that disappointed me was having to wait ~20 minutes before our table was ready even though I arrived on time for my reservation.
Just LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. The drin ...
Just LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. The drinks are creative and fun...even though one of us doesn't normally have a cocktail....great options. Wine list is great and good selection of wines by the glass. The handkerchief pasta is the signature dish....just melts in the mouth. Tried the pasta with truffles. It was a very busy night with a few large parties but the wait staff still managed to make us feel special.
We had a reservation for 8:30 and weren' ...
We had a reservation for 8:30 and weren't sat until 9:20. This restaurant has great food, but if you have any sort of schedule to keep stay far away. They should not be taking reservations from multiple sites (such as Open Table). They just cannot handle the capacity. If you do make the mistake of making a reservation do so for an hour in advance of when you want to actually eat. Also, the bathrooms looked like a club at 2AM. They were a huge mess. This is a $$$ dining restaurant, but it doesn't seem to operate like one.
It's a unique place, very popular and go ...
It's a unique place, very popular and good food. Our friends and we enjoyed the service and the tasty food. However I would say that the dishes are not big, and a little on the pricy side. Not a lot of options in the menu.
I had reservations at 8:30 on a Thursday ...
I had reservations at 8:30 on a Thursday evening and it was very busy. My table wasn't ready and my friend was lost so I had to wait for a spot at the bar .
Once we sat we had great service and it was my second time. The food was just as good as I remembered and craved
Food was excellent although portions wer ...
Food was excellent although portions were small for the price. Was disappointed that we had to wait over 30 minutes past our reservation time without the restaurant offering anything to make up for the wait. Clearly a busy, hip, happening restaurant but also the management needs to learn about taking care of customers when they don't deliver on the time reservations promised.
We had wonderful food. Hubby and I share ...
We had wonderful food. Hubby and I share because we are both light eaters. We had the roasted beets with Asiago. Wonderful! And the seafood ravioli, which was fresh seafood, handmade pasta and a subtle sauce. Fabu! The white wine by the glass was $17!!! More than we'd like. But the food was amazing. We will return.
Overall a positive experience. We share ...
Overall a positive experience. We shared a pasta with veal which was outstanding. I had the duck breast which was succulent. My husband had the veal strip loin. He found it dense, fatty and difficult. It went back and the restaurant immediately gave us a credit on our bill. We were there about 5:30 and it was already getting crowded. We brought our own wine and there was nominal corkage. Our server was very helpful and friendly.
Factory Kitchen comes through again. A ...
Factory Kitchen comes through again. A business colleague from NYC needed to be introduced to the good things of LA, and Factory Kitchen rose to the occasion. An excellent meal of starters, pasta and mains... and superb service from our waiter (Thanks Whitney).
Factory Kitchen is a great new addition ...
Factory Kitchen is a great new addition to the arts district. It has a very well rounded menu that hits meat eaters and also easy for a lighter bite. I thought the dishes were interesting yet also comforting. We had the mixed green salad, the focaccina calda di recco al formaggio, gnocchi malfatti, and lamb meatballs. I was bumed that the facoaccina filled me up before our main courses came out but it still was delicious none the less. We were eating here for a date before going to the arts district brewery.
Factory Kitchen is one of my go-to Itali ...
Factory Kitchen is one of my go-to Italian restaurants in LA. Exceptional food, portions are right on, and the service is excellent. Obviously, you definitely want to get the handkerchief pasta, but there really isn't a miss on the menu. The gnocci we had was fantastic, the prosciutto with the sage bread disappeared in about 30 seconds, and the lamb meatballs were velvety (yes, velvety).
We had a bit of a snafu with our reservation and ended up getting seated almost 30 minutes late, but aside from that, I love this place and will be back again soon.
Really enjoyed the Factory Kitchen. We ...
Really enjoyed the Factory Kitchen. We had been here before. At first, I was a bit put off as they were packed and not ready for us when we arrived. Felt like it was going to take a long time to be seated...but in fact, in 15 minutes after the reservation, we were seated at a great table that was a bit away from all the noise. Service was great. Food was just delicious. We all had a really lovely evening and can't wait to go back!
This was my first time at Factory Kitche ...
This was my first time at Factory Kitchen, and I didn't know what to expect - parking on Friday night was easy, although they also have valet. We arrived a little early to our reservation, but were able to get some wine at the bar and sit at a bar table when another party was seated. It's a very intimate place with little embellishment, but we didn't feel cramped at our table at all. And...THE FOOD. Oh my, the food. Factory Kitchen blows Bestia out of the water, and our table was unanimous on that assessment. I'm a pasta fanatic, but you absolutely must start out with the prosciutto - it looked strange upon arrival, but every bite of the sage dough served with it was delicious. We ate the mandilli (our server told us Jonathan Gold loved it, and I can see why! Flavors were fresh and bright), modenesi (omg I wanted to eat a pound of it), and casonzei (so flavorful yet not heavy at all). All pastas were perfectly cooked and the sauces/accompaniments were perfectly proportioned. The menu changes daily, and I can't wait to go back!
Good value for higher end italian. Howe ...
Good value for higher end italian. However, the service was way too fast--felt like we were rushed so the table could be turned over. Loved the fresh pasta. Definitely recommend it--but next time would request the pace we prefer.
This place is overhyped, in my opinion. ...
This place is overhyped, in my opinion. I liked the "cool industrial" vibe of its interior, but the food is overpriced and severely lacks refinement. And the service... - well it leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, the restaurant was packed (which might explain the poor service - our waiter constantly kept forgetting things...). The place feels very noisy and busy. Not exactly the best of atmosphere for food at that price level.
But let's start with the appetizer - chicken liver pâté. It had a nice and mild taste but it was just a pot of liver pâté and some thin slices of toasted bread. Nothing else. Can we please be a little more creative than that?
Then the pasta dish - Modenesi egg pasta. I do like rich (French and Italian) food, but this one was a little too much. The stuffed pasta itself was on the dry side, but drowned in too much cream and oil. The truffles on top just kicked it over the edge - and not in a good way...
Then we tried the Porchetta roast, a very trendy cut of Pork these days. We've had wonderful and creative dishes involving pork belly, but the version Factory Kitchen serves is not one of them. We got a pile of 4 giant slabs of extremely fatty (and not very well seasoned) pork belly roast. The roasted fennel and root vegetables underneath were drowning in fat. I have rarely seen something as uninspiring und unappealing for the price of USD 27.
To be fair, the Pannacotta we had afterwards left us in a good place. It was excellent.
Maybe we should have gone for fish dishes instead, but a place, which is that popular, should succeed on every level.
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