The Factory Kitchen
Helmed by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, his wife 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 of 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.
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
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.View Private Dining Details
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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM
What Insiders Are Saying
Factory Kitchen tends to gets overshadowed by its famous Arts District neighbors, but it's one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles.
One of the best restaurant's in Los Angeles. Right up there with Bestia. Nuff said.
Food was great. My friends and I were there for lunch on our weekday off. Not crowded and we were treated very well. Waitstaff was knowledgeable about the food and was able to give us some good recommendations! Will definitely be going back to try the dinner service!
Excellent! We've gone to the Factory Kitchen several times, and it does not disappoint! Brought my mother-in-laws who's a real foodie and she loved the ambience and the food.
Exceptional service and fresh, delicious food. We went early before the crowds and had attentive service and incredible, delicious dinner before going to the Forum to see a concert. The mandilil pasta with almond pesto and the parpadelle ragout were sublime!
Mandilli pasta is always a must!!!
Sea Bass was perfect and the service is always good!
Nice place and great food with good service. We will be soon for sure.
The beet casserole was not good. The flavors didn’t blend and it couldn’t compare to similar dishes I’ve had elsewhere. The creamy mozzarella with greens appetizer was a missed opportunity—while the dressing was very good, the “green peas” were actually green beans, and the mozzarella wasn’t creamy. It wasn’t very fresh and would be much better if it were a burrata. Overall, a disappointing meal.
Everything was great. The Factory Kitchen never disappoints.
Great service, very nice ambiance. The dishes were rich and flavorful. I would definitely come again!
Each dish was both excellent and remarkable—as was the service!
Factory kitchens noise level is so over-the-top, that you were basically screaming at the person next to you to be heard. Out of the five or six dishes that we all chose, only the batter fried vegetables and the Barada was good enough to say we enjoyed it. Everything else was extremely mediocre.
The pesto pasta description did not list cream. It was loaded with cream.
Nice place. Good service. Good food. Way overpriced. I don't get it. But I am not a foodie.
Food was excellent but portions small - don’t expect to get full on a single pasta plate for example. Strong hipster vibe and very loud ambiance, if you’re into that.
Second time at Factory Kitchen, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I had the handkerchief pasta—such amazing flavor and the texture of the pasta is perfect. Friend had the Italian sausage, and loved it. We shared the spinach/kale (really delicious with the squeeze of lemon, and cooked nicely, not soggy) and Brussels sprouts (I’m veg so ordered without the pancetta, it was okay but probably better with bacon). Atmosphere was bustling at lunch, service was great, and overall a pleasant lunch.
Great Italian food with the best homemade pasta anywhere. Get the almond pesto which is amazing.
The service was absolutely terrible. We waited for like 20 minutes to get a drink then it took about 20 more to come. No bread, no water, we had to ask 3 times for things... a mess. Food is good, but it was super loud and difficult to hear each other. Not a great experience at all and expensive for how we were treated. Better service at a diner.
We’ve been many times since this Italian gem opened, and once again everything was on spot. The service was top notch, as was the food. Since it was a Sunday nite, it was crowded, but not crazy like a Friday or Saturday, so we were allowed to enjoy a slower meal - which is preferred. My only recommendation to management, and I’m hoping that they read these, is that they offer some more “off the main menu” nightly or weekly specials, since we’ve mostly tried the entire menu. We will be back regardless, but we hope they go “outside” the box a bit more.
Yummy pesto mandilli !!!
The Factory Kitchen's signature dish Mandili Di Seta is worth going for on its own but the cocktails are also amazing and the service was perfection.
The food was amazing!!! Can’t wait to tell all my friends about it!
The food was yummy and unique. The space itself was a great combination of rustic and modern. Something old made new again.
Food was so disappointing.
Extremely friendly staff and good service. Unfortunately, the food is underwhelming. The steak was chewy and pasta is a bit salty for my taste. The carpaccio and chicken pate were alright. I think the meal was pricey. The restaurant is noisy/loud with conversations of other diners.
Great place and magnificent food. It was too hot inside though.
Fresh house made pasta is amazing! Great food!
Appetizers were pretty disappointing for what we pay. Calamari was a little fishy. Food was nothing special. Most of all, the noise level was extremely awful and we will never come back. It was so tiring and frustrating to eat in that kind of loud restaurant. Too loud to enjoy food...cant hear anyone except for someone who sits right next to you. Certainly not recommended for a party of more than 4. Food was not that great. It is not worthwhile.
I love this place! The food is delicious. It is one of the few places where you actually dream of going back to because you can’t stop thinking about the food experience.
Yummy food and good selection. Great service and nice staff. Just extremely loud! We were seated very close to some very loud talkers which was tremendously annoying.
The locations was very surprising. But the food was really very good and service unpretentious and knowledgeable. We would certainly go back. Also options for vegetarians.
I eat at this location regularly and it is absolutely the best place for Italian in the Arts District. This meal was the best I have had here as well. Service was good but could be tightened up a little but very positive... the food was so well done - have not lost a step in fact - I would say the food has improved.
There are a number of hip locations to consider in downtown, but this gets my highest recommendation. After a horrible experience at Rossoblu - you will be seeing much more of my too.... Thanks.
Our party of four enjoyed three different pastas , particularly handkerchief pasta in pesto. Two salads and We all adored the prosciutto and Barata platter. I’d return just for that dish. The porchetta is not to be missed. The only dish we considered Average was the tomato salad. Cannoli was delicious.
The food here is reliably fantastic, with the pasta dishes and other Ligurian specialties always superior to any other Italian restaurant in town: fresh, pure ingredients, expertly prepared and perfectly cooked (the pasta is never too al dente but melts in the mouth), delivered by friendly, knowledgeable servers. Occasionally the music is too loud for us, but on this Sunday evening it was not. Excellent cocktails and wine list! It’s our favorite place in LA.
Very salty food here.
We dined at Factory Kitchen to celebrate the new job of my colleague. Our entire experience was excellent. Staff’s attentiveness was perfect.
Cool hip spot in a very poor part of Dtla...I work in Dtla so I’m not shocked but you should know.
Food just ok...I don’t mind paying top dollar but I was underwhelmed.
Cool spot for off the beaten path but if that’s what I’m after I would go to Rosablu.
Has valet (which is good) & takes card or cash for valet which is a additional plus.
it is a good spot...creative and quality food menu.
a New York loft feel.
easy on and off the freeways.
easy parking next door...in and out.
My friend was visiting LA from Atlanta... she has terrible food allergies so Factory Kitchen was the wrong choice - I realized it the minute I sat down and read the menu and we should have left, that's on me. (Factory Kitchen was a last minute switch when Pinot called to cancel because their air conditioning was out). My friend can't eat herbs of any kind or most spices - she told the waiter she's allergic and they make her sick. But our waiter was unwilling to make any concessions and he was visibly irritated... it got so bad that my friend opted not to eat. I ordered a fish ravioli dish (we should have left) and ate half the order and asked for the check. But here's the rub - my ravioli was so al dente that the pasta was tough and the fish broth, which I'm sure took forever to prepare, smelled and tasted "fishy" - I won't be back for a while.
Amazing amazing food and great service. We shared meals and everything was great.