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The Factory Kitchen

The Factory Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefactorykitchen.com
  • Phone: (213) 996-6000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Angelo Auriana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alameda
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet or street parking if available.
A word from The Factory Kitchen
Factory Kitchen is a local traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Factory is the product of life long friendship of Restauranteur Matte Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Chef angelo prepares dishes using fresh seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The approachable menu at Factory highlights the simplicity of traditional local recipes.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "A lot of love goes into the creation and preparation of the food at The Factory Kitchen. From cocktails to dessert and everything in between, the dining experience is sublime. Nice atmosphere. Excellent service"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I enjoyed some of the best pasta I've ever eaten, including my my meals in Italy. The restaurant is a bit crowded, deservedly so. The food and service are outstanding!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We walked in after a nice, quiet car ride and our ears were completely bombarded with sound when we walked in. We had a 9:00 reservation (our choices one week prior were 5:30 or 9 pm). The wait was pretty long, until about 9:35. It was a Saturday night and the place was bustling. Despite all of this, the incredible food made it worth the wait and, once seated, the sound issue wasn't quite as bad. The focaccia di Recco is out of this world and the mandilli (handkerchief pasta) is something that everyone should try at least once. I would probably not go back on a Saturday night (if you do, just be ready to wait) but I will definitely return on a weeknight!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed The Factory Kitchen! It was our first time there and we will DEFINITELY be returning. The food was outstanding, the wait staff was knowledgeable and thoughtful, and the overall experience was wonderful. There is nothing negative to say about The Factory Kitchen!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Second time at Factory Kitchen and it did not disappoint. Homemade pastas are delicate and delicious. Sage dough with proscuitto and cheese-fantastic. The three of us shared a number of different dishes and enjoyed them all. We were seated upon arrival and served right away. It was a little loud in the restaurant (Thursday night at 7:30 and it was packed). Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Good neighborhood eatery for the popular Art District! Great place to introduce urban Downtown LA to people who are not familiar with DLA."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Clams were unchewable....returned them. Ordered pasta instead and it was drowning in oil. Small portion so I picked the pasta from the top of the dish. I was hungry when I left the restuarant and the check was up there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food is nothing to write home about - mediocre for the price. Trying to be trendy but not really."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Outstanding in all areas - Food is incredible, service is spot on and a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Service was good. Very attentive. Food was quite good-it is the type of place I would go to for "elegant " pastas, seafood. The desserts were run of the mill-not up to the level of the entrees."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "If you have guest from out of town; you are craving pasta (classic); or you want a romantic evening for two, this is the place. The Chickpea and Baby Leek Frittura was really good. If you are not too keen in fried foods I would not recommend it. As a good-old-boy from the South...really good. The Pizzata was baked to perfection with just the right amount of char. The pasta dishes rival the best in LA. Delicioso! You can't go wrong with any of them. On the night I was there, the bartenders proved themselves to be quite the mixologists. One of the best Dirty Martini's I've had in LA. This place you have to try at least once and guaranteed you'll be back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • " First the noise, if this was a real factory Cal-OSHA would make everyone wear ear protectors. It's actually worse than Bottega Louie and that's saying something. 8:00pm reservation finally saw food at 8:50 (after complaint to manager earned a free appetizer). But the worst thing is that having gone online to peruse the menu beforehand and decided on some dishes we'd really like to try - they'd run out of them - 2 entrées out the 6 on the menu. At 8:0Opm (well 9:00) on a Sat eve, that's bad management. The food's fine, very hearty Italian, big portions if you like that kind of thing, the wine was good and the sommelière helpful (if you could hear what she was saying).but all in an atmosphere that's frankly unpleasant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great evening! Delicious food, hip ambience, terrific service and wine lust!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was terrific to see Matteo there after his long and excellent stint at Drago Centro. It was my second time there, my companion's first, and he chose the food. Wonderful pesto dish and special bread were the highlights. Lots of positive energy in the room but we could hear each other."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "the mandilli pasta was out of this world! we had high expectations, yet it did not disappoint. the focaccina was excellent too! dessert was the only course we were not crazy about - we had the bigne (as recommended by our waiter), and wished we had gotten the cannoli instead."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, we'll be back, already booked a table for the end of this month. The pastas are excellent, the focaccina amazing--I could have had all three of them and stopped right there. Service was brisk but attentive, without hovering. We split a lot of the dishes and they were very accomodating."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great bar, awesome vibe and the food was AMAZING! We got lots of great recommendations from our waiter and loved every single thing that we ordered!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Overall the food was very good. Perhaps our expectation were too high or unrealistic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "gorgeous food and great service in a awesome location. The rolled pork belly was INSANELY good and the panna cotta was one of the best. Totally worth checking out!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Factory Kitchen is serving the food I love; Italian food with an element of love and not an ounce of pretension. Clear that this is a chef who takes pride in his Italian roots and respects his customers as well as his food."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had the flatbread as a starter and had entree envy seeing the prosciutto! The paccheri was delicious and reminded me exactly how my Silician grandmother's red sauce. Great interior and will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Inventive menu with lots of fresh choices. Quality ingredients beautifully prepared. Lots to share. Some dishes not seen before. Knowledgable servers. Very fairly priced. Strange wine list. Ideal for bringing your own prized bottle."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Factory Kitchen was one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at, hands down. The food was wonderful and our waitress directed us to the best dining experience ever. Very special restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was disappointing...good, but nothing special. Noise level was painful. Service was rushed. Way too expensive...pasta appetizer $19 ($24 with t/t). Not worth it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great friendly staff, yummy drinks that were slightly different than the usual cocktails. Food was good except for the 25 year old prosciutto that tasted like any ham bought at any store. Desserts were one of the best we have had in awhile accompanied by the perfect cappuccino. We would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends and will be back again. Overall a delightful dinner experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Has now demonstrated consistency, from a food and service perspective. Not as noisy, and food was actually better than Bestia - at half the cost."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A colleague and I went to lunch at The Factory Kitchen, because it received a rave review in Westways. The review was correct - probably some of the best food I have ever had in Los Angeles, with definitely the best service (I used to eat at L'Orangerie when it was still open) I have ever had - "crackerjack" to quote the review. Since it was our first time we deffered to our waiter, Edward, for suggestions and we were not dissapointed. The bartender, once he new my drink preferences, even offered to make his own concoction for me. Great food, great service, and a lot of fun, great casual atmosphere, and with that combination, great fun!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were early after a museum visit. We were allowed to have cocktails at the bar b4 going to our table for six. No rush. Our server was very helpful and recommended several dishes to share. Do not miss the handkerchief pasta with almond pesto, it's to die for. Service was impeccable, we'll be back even though we live 30 miles away."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This is my favorite Italian restaurant! Everything is fresh, high quality and perfectly executed."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our first time was perfect. The neighborhood is in the newer LA Art Village. The restaurant has amazing energy and remained that way during our dinner. We split 3 items, focaccia with cheese, salad with mozzarella, and pasta with pesto. They were all wonderful, hot, and melt in your mouth delicious. We had dinner, but definitely would return for lunch because the menu looks as appealing as dinner. Looking forward to our next adventure at this terrific restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is over the top. The flat bread appetizers were to die for."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had an early dinner before the theatre. The service was right on it, and moved our selections along. Fantactic pasta, loved the baked beets au gratin, and the five spice gelato on top of the croasta was amazing! We will definately be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Terrific food, good service, interesting wine list, loved seeing cooks make pasta, ravioli. Negative: high noise level"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our third time there. Twice for lunch and dinner last Saturday. Great food! Service excellent. A must try for all who enjoy Italian food. We love to explore the different areas of LA and the Factory Kitchen is a delight. Close enough to Disney concert hall, etc but not too close so you can experience the different parts of LA."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "freshest pasta I've tasted in a long time. Flavors were wonderful. Everything else people ordered around me looked good too."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Heard a lot about the place. Pasta dishes were great, fish (sole) dish was just average. very dry. Liver was okay. Prosciuto and burrata was the best. Noise was a big distraction. Quite pricey for the location. Reservation staff was very professional and accomodating. Will give the place another try."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Handkerchief pasta with a basil pesto was awesome. Pasta veal ragu was awesome. The handmade pasta, made in house, is chewy fantastic. The Manhattan like cocktail was great. The dessert was yummy. The gelato and sorbet were really, really great. Waiters were helpful and attentive even though the house was packed and noisy from a large party. The place was packed and filled with an energy of a great new energy. The FOOD, the food is why you go. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • " We made our Open Table reservation. The restaurant is listed as $30 average dinner price and it is not. We spent $160 for a bottle of water, a split pasta, three glasses of wine and two mains. It is very noisy and it was difficult to hear each other talk but the waiter was prompt and we ordered a split Handkerchief Pesto Pasta and two mains, one Squab and one Snapper. We ordered some wine by the glass and it was quite good. The pasta was very ordinary and sauce ok. It was not attractively plated and sort of looked like a green slimy thing, but the flavor was good. Their Pesto sauce is clear which means it is strained, I guess. It was OK. Both mains were disappointing, the fish was way too fishy, the squab forgettable."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was very good. Wine list fairly broad. I had braised veal pasta...very tasty. The mushroom flat bread was delicious. We had chick pea fritters which were sort of average. The menu could benefit from more choices...I would have ordered more starters to share if there were more, and more interesting selections. Overall, very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the food is very good and consistent. the sauteed snapper was excellent as was the pappardelle. The canoli were stellar."
    Dined on 6/24/2014