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
It's not as much a showplace as its near ...
It's not as much a showplace as its nearby sister restaurant Officine Brera, but it's perhaps warmer and more intimate while at the same time lively and sceney in a good way. The building's industrial past has meshed nicely with the modern interiors and open kitchen. The hosts are appropriately friendly and the wait staff gave honest food recommendations and descriptions. Ours was a birthday celebration. And we had a two-year-old with us. She did very nicely on a banquette seat, though they do not have high chairs or kids menus available. But she loved the small plate of pasta they prepared. Food was uniformly savory and delicious; some found it richer than expected and couldn't finish the plate. But most important, it was a satisfying, memorable experience (with a reasonable corkage fee) and I'd go back. I might not rush back. But this is a place that should be here to stay in DTLA. The friendly and welcoming owners know how to do restaurants right!
I met a friend for a very early 5pm Sund ...
I met a friend for a very early 5pm Sunday night dinner after a days work. We made a reservation although it really wasn't needed at that hour, but by the time we left, the restaurant was full. We started with dirty martinis (nicely made) and the prosciutto appetizer from the to share portion of the menu. Delicious!!! This came to the table and it looked HUGE, but it was actually somewhat light and fluffy and satisfying. Our waitress, who was super friendly, gave us suggestions. We decided to split a couple of pasta dishes, but couldn't pick only two so we shared three including the handkerchief pesto pasta that is their signature dish; very smooth pesto flavor, tasty although I wasn't blown away by it. The Gnocchi malfatti with wild boar was also very good; I preferred the gnocchi part of the dish over the boar, but my favorite was the cappelli di zucca - Roasted squash filled pasta. Oh YUM!!! This one was my favorite..a delicious buttery explosion of goodness! Loved it!!! I will absolutely go back to have this again and try some of the other dishes. Enjoy!
Overall good experience. Service and foo ...
Overall good experience. Service and food were slightly above average. Difficult to hear the waiter. Noise was a bit too loud. Post dinner, I felt like I was being rushed out for the next customer. If I had to give it a rating, it would be 7 out of 10
I would recommend it for a casual hangout with friends.
The food here is absolutely delicious! O ...
The food here is absolutely delicious! Our table of four ordered all different items and tried each. Everyone would order any of the dishes and try many of the others on the menu. The wait staff is knowledgeable if not particularly attentive. We had to flag our waiter down to order additional bottles of water. Not a huge deal, just a bit annoying. It wouldn't stop us from going back. The food is fantastic!
OMG! This place was definitely an excell ...
This place was definitely an excellent choice! The hostess Naida was wonderfully accommodating as our party of 3 grew to a party of 7 and she just made it work without breaking a sweat, and keeping me happy at the same time!!
The food was excellent and the server was very attentive and I would love to give him a 'shout out' because I questioned him relentlessly but, he never once gave us his name (note to all servers; usually this is generally something you might want to lead with this). Other than that everything was great!
I would recommend, with some reservation ...
I would recommend, with some reservations.
Small plates are excellent. Very popular; waiters are not very attentive and the bus help were too abrupt and careless. I recommend going here for lunch or not on a Saturday night.
Main entree was only fair.
We started with some non-alcoholic drink ...
We started with some non-alcoholic drinks at the bar. I had the blueberry mint while my husband had a the ginger smash. Both drinks were light and refreshing. For dinner we ordered pasta, tagliatelle (noodles with oxtail sugo) and cazonsei (egg-pasta filled with chicken, pork, and veal). The servings were a perfect size, although both dishes were so good that we just wanted to keep eating. We finished off the meal with the bigné, chocolate-filled cream puffs with blueberry port wine sauce, absolute heaven. One of best meals I have ever had. We will be back!
It was lunch with the girls. The 4 of u ...
It was lunch with the girls. The 4 of us ordered a couple of dishes to share and that worked out really well portion sized and tasty. Our 3 entries were great. Appreciate the vegetarian options. Some discrepancy about the cost of parking between the valet and the waitstaff.
Lunch with family and out of town guests ...
Lunch with family and out of town guests. The right mix of special and casual. Great food (prosciutto appetizer, foccacina and mandili handkerchief pasta), service, quiet though busy atmosphere and a good glass of gavi di gavi to go with it. Three of us shared the above mentioned food items while my wife enjoyed her tuna salad, which was an ample portion for lunch. Factory Kitchen was the perfect choice for our downtown museum day outing. Return visits are a certainty.
I went here for the fist time when I was ...
I went here for the fist time when I was visiting LA. I am a vegetarian and a foodie! I loved it. I can't say enough. The flavors were amazing! Even though it is Italian everything tasted light (although I am sure it wasn't). I can't wait to go to LA again and go there. My friend who lives in LA loved it too and already booked his next trip back.
It was incredibly busy when we went, so ...
It was incredibly busy when we went, so the server took quite a while to get back to us each time. But the food was delicious and the cocktails were fantastic and the server was clearly trying his best, just overwhelmed. I would definitely return but might try to find a quieter time.
I always start my reviews with the "bad" ...
I always start my reviews with the "bad" news. 1) It's hidden away in the old Industrial area of downtown. 2) Nearby parking is next to zero - so be ready to valet. 3) I wouldn't just drop in without a reservation.
My wife and I just dined there for the first time last Saturday before seeing Joan Baez at the Disney. We had a 5 pm reservation when they opened. By 5:30 the place was packed and by 6 totally jammed. But there is good reason for all this...it's the food. And nice people trying make sure things work for you. There are lots of food reviews so let me just reiterate: First visit musts: the prosciutto and the handkerchief pasta. But everything we had we delicious and different. We ordered desserts. My wife asked for a "sundae" (pachiugo) without fruit. It had fruit. I asked for the tiramisu - got bread pudding. Result - desserts comped. We will be back and bring others with us to make it easier to share more goodies.
Have been meaning to come here ever sinc ...
Have been meaning to come here ever since it opened and finally had opportunity to drive in from OC. We ordered each of the items recommended on Zagat and each was just excellent. Especially loved the handkerchief pasta with almond pesto sauce and the Parma ham appetizer that was beautifully presented and just melts in your mouth. Spouse also loved his lobster ravioli. The bread pudding dessert with gelato was scrumptious with our cafe lattes to end a lovely evening. We arrived a little early and had a drink at the bar and my dry martini was perfect. Would definitely come again and try other items on their interesting menu. Not your grandma's Italian food, but you won't be disappointed. Always love the open kitchen/great room concept. Noise level is a bit high to carry on an intimate conversation, but it adds to the vibrancy of the experience. Very glad we came here. Parking was tight so we just valeted the car ($7)
We had high hopes, but the restaurant is ...
We had high hopes, but the restaurant is faceless, our server was on auto pilot, and the food was a disappointment. Our salads had little dressing and were soggy from having been rinsed and not properly dried. My salad also contained a pit, which luckily did not damage my tooth...I think. My porchetta was very fatty. My wife's pasta was quite tasty and by far the star of the meal. Our cocktails were pleasant but seemed to have been made with little alcohol.
Busy restaurant! Food is amazing, servi ...
Busy restaurant! Food is amazing, service is great but if you're in a hurry or easily upset when folks get sat before you, even if you came in before them... then this isn't your kind of place. But if you can go with the flow, the prosciutto dish is so worth it!!!
It's better to make a reservation since ...
It's better to make a reservation since this restaurant is very popular. The moment I walked inside and got seated was good. Customer service was beyond good. Service and food quality was delicious and very yummy. Lol. I had no problems or any concerns about this restaurant. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Great food, each dish was better than th ...
Great food, each dish was better than the last! Handkerchief pasta is always a fave. We loved the prosciutto with the lightly fried sage dough and stratiatella. Our waiter was attentive. A great energy but with all the hard surfaces it gets a little loud.
Two words: handkerchief pasta. We ordere ...
Two words: handkerchief pasta. We ordered two and then begged for another. All of the pastas were rich and satisfying-- $20 for an appetizer portion of pasta seemed a little steep though and detracted some from the gustatory pleasure. The hostess was infinitely pleasant, as were the valet guys. Our server was attentive but distracted--2 items we ordered never showed.
Would I go back? Not unless the price point came down. Am I glad I went? Definitely.
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