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
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.
Paprdelle with oxtail was exceptional. P ...
Paprdelle with oxtail was exceptional. Pizatta was ok not great go with the beat casserole. As far as desert bread pudding not great the beignets were terrific. Overall for was very good and the place had a fun vibe
I brought a friend to the Factory Kitche ...
I brought a friend to the Factory Kitchen for her birthday. We had an early Saturday reservation. The tables were seated very close to each other, so when the place filled up over the course of an hour, it was almost impossible to hear each other through the din of the noise in the place. Our waiter seemed harried. We put in an order for 4 dishes. Two came fairly quickly, but he seemed to forget that we had ordered two others. We asked for the 3rd and 4th, one came, and then we had to remind him of our order for the 4th. I wondered what the system was for putting in orders.
The food itself was good and well-presented, but the environment was so off-putting that we left before ordering dessert, and I would never return to this place nor recommend it to others.
The staff is wonderful; helpful, unobtru ...
The staff is wonderful; helpful, unobtrusive, upbeat, just great.
The food, especially the pasta, is on par with the best in LA as well as in Italy.
We eat out a lot, most often Italian. Some of our favorites are Gusto, Angelini Osteria, John and Vinny's, Mozza and in NY, Felidia. Factory Kitchen rivals these wonderful places, and is a bit less expensive.
Heard a lot about this place. Food was ...
Heard a lot about this place. Food was good but service was poor. Surprised that a place like this did not have more personalized service like, say, Bestia. Server took little time to explain recommendations. She even seemed annoyed as we tried to choose being first timers.
We were celebrating my wife's 50th and the service ruined it. Probably won't go back.
I invited my son and his wife to celebra ...
I invited my son and his wife to celebrate his 28th birthday we have been to this restaurant before and our experience was very memorable thanks to the waiter name Tim who waited at our table making excellent suggestions, this particular time we were waited by Jessica (I maybe mistaken her name) anyway we brought our own bottle of wine but we wanted to have a few cocktails before opening our bottle we asked for a few suggestions but our waitress does not know the menu other than one plate so we decided to start with cocktails we had the Pesca, the Primavera (this is fantastic) Corona Beer and the Rosarito with the flat bread, pasta and the prosciutto these are a magnificent appetizers as we continued to eat our appetizers we tried to order more cocktails but our waitress was “MIA” I was not happy with my Pesca when I saw the host or someone seating another patron I asked him to please change my drink for a Primavera which he did in a very pleasant fashion we continued ordering more plates but my waitress was never there the pasta for my grand son arrived after we all had finished our meal the waitress never gave us a chance to order more cocktails I was very please with the food unfortunately the service SUCK I regret not ask for a different server but at the same time I didn’t wanted to spoil my sons birthday I will comeback to The Kitchen Factory anytime I love their food but I will definitely request not to be serve by this same server ever again.
Waited 45 mins for a table with a reserv ...
Waited 45 mins for a table with a reservation of 9:30. Finally got seated at 10:15. When my girlfriend (who was at a 9.5/10 of hangry at this point) went to order one of the few items that meets her dietary requirements (seared ahi), they were "just out of it". I imagine it was available at 9:30 when our reservation was. Was the food great...yes for sure. Did they comp two of the cheapest appetizers for us? Yes. Was it frustrating standing around for 45 mins after making a reservation so that wouldn't happen. For sure. Unfortunately, almost everyone who was there with us was in the same boat - 45 mins to an hour wait past reservation. My tip? Make your reservation for earlier than 8pm or take your time arriving for your reservation past that. Come prepared to sit at the bar for while. Management tip? This seems like a fairly easy solve. I'm happy to do a time study on capacity vs. demand and create a reservation cap based on peak hours and table flow for you. Let's make you good restaurant great.
I had made a reservation at 9 pm. They d ...
I had made a reservation at 9 pm. They did not seat me until 945. I was offered 2 free appetizers. However one was great and the other was ehhh. The worst ravioli I have ever had. I am a VIP open table member and I hate waiting for a table. Check my lifetime points !
I had a reservation at 9pm for 2, arrive ...
I had a reservation at 9pm for 2, arrived 10 minutes early and checked in. Hostess stated the table wasn't ready and to wait by the bar. Checked in multiple times with her, but did not get seated until 9:45pm. It was ridiculous to wait almost an hour when even with a reservation.
Found this restaurant on the Internet . ...
Found this restaurant on the Internet . Went on line and read about it.
The food was fantastic! The wait staff was average no excitement no real conversation - he was cold to us.
Will return based on the great food but not the service.
Must get the Primavera cocktail- lavende ...
Must get the Primavera cocktail- lavender infused gin, SO GOOD!
Great ambience and delicious food. We drove up to DTLA from OC to meet friends before catching a show and this place was perfect to catch up over a drink at the bar followed by an amazing, flavorful dinner. Authentic italian, reminiscent of Terroni-style but with its own flair.
I had the mandilli di seta (handkerchief pasta) was to die for, melt in your mouth goodness, friends had the pappardelle which was incredibly fresh and tasty. Every plate was really good.
This restaurant is an LA gem and one of ...
This restaurant is an LA gem and one of my personal favorites. Got there at an earlier dinner time (6:30pm) than usual and it was perfect, not too busy or noisy yet.
The food was delicious as always and we were able to sample a bit of everything including a guest who had dairy and gluten restrictions. Each dish had a different yet distinctive flavor profile and were great compliments to each other. The handkerchief pasta is always my favorite. Best pesto I have ever tasted and such a uniquely elegant yet simple dish.
Can't wait to dine here again.
The food, servers and manager were exemp ...
The food, servers and manager were exemplary. The room is very loud and crowded, but that just reflects the high quality of the food and service. I'll definitely return!
I had the vegetarian pasta with almond pesto, and the kale/spinach side dish - INCREDIBLE!!
The manager and staff are amazing! We h ...
The manager and staff are amazing! We had a slight issue with the wait time (even though we had a reservation), the manager ensured to introduce himself and make things right. This is grade A customer service. Food was amazing and so was the company I was with. Would def return and recommend to friends!
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