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.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:30 - 11 Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:30 - 9:30
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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.
The Factory Kitchen is one of our favorite places. We let the waiters recommend the best dishes, the food is scrumptious, and they never disappoint.
Everything about this place was great— except the noise level. The food, the service, the drinks, and the prices were all top notch and a good value. The only negative was the noise level.
Staff holiday luncheon! Great location and the best food
I wanted to like this restaurant, but my experience was limited by the wait staff. The waiter seemed to recommend the expensive items on the menu. He did not really want to hear what we wanted. I ordered the octopus/squid sald which was way too chewy. He also recommended the duck which was nothing special. Overalll the food was very average.
first time here and definitely not the last!!! enjoyed everything i had that night, specially the prosiutto-24 month aged pharma prosciutto with fried sage dough and cheese-forgot the name though.
the porchetta is to die for, it melts in your mouth!!! so delish a must order on the menu.
Prosciutto was amazing as usual!
Porchetta was melt in your mouth delicious.
My girlfriend loved the Cosonsei!
Loved the food and the vibe! Every shared dish was great and we enjoyed watched watching some of the preparation. We will be going back!
How great is it to see a pasta with black truffles come as advertised and sooooooo yummy!
Lovely home made pasta with vibrant flavors and lots of vegetarian forward ingredients.
Very good drinks just a bit pricey.
Overall a great meal and attentive staff makes this a must try !!
I have been to Factory Kitchen several times and this time around did not measure up. While the staff and service were great the food was very disappointing. Pasta under cooked and sausage special was terrible.
We came for the pasta, and the pasta did not disappoint. What didn’t quite hit the caliber that we were expecting were the starters, cocktails, and the sauces that came with the pastas.
The cocktail I had, the Mr. No, was actually one of the worst drinks I’ve ever had at a restaurant, and I don’t say this lightly. It tasted like medicine and actually had no flavor other than extreme bitterness and alcohol. The starters we had were very average and nothing extraordinary.
I will hand it to the pasta. It was fresh, al dente, and you could tell it was the real deal.
Reliable high quality, creative Italian cuisine. Pastas are amazing. appetizers are creative and delicious. Share everything. That way you get to try more things!
First time dining here and can’t wait to return. Food was delish and our waiter seemed to be well educated when we asked for his suggestion on a great bottle of red wine.
Almond pesto handkerchief pasta had the perfect blend of salt and cream all covering a fluffy pasta. The meat ravioli with brown sage was so good! I did not like the mushroom pizza only b/c the crust was mushy, which is a huge FAIL when it comes to pizza.
Service was exceptional. Food was very delicious. I can't recommend enough.
If I have one ,very minor, complaint, it's that it was a bit loud.
I hv bn to factory kitchen several times and liked the food very much. This time I thought it was mediocre. The duck was over cooked and dry, the pasta had little flavor, there was too much prosciutto and it overwhelmed the dish. The scallops were good. I was very disappointed.
The food was amazing. We had the scallops, a pasta, and a pork dish. All 3 were so yummy. The prosciutto is incredible to start with the octopus & calamari. My only criticism was that the we could make a reservation as late as 10:45 on open table—ours was for 10:15 and at 11:00 they started to get a little antsy with us. Don’t allow a reservation later than 9:45 then? Overall would recommend though! Friendly, cute, casual, and oh so yummy.
The Food was good, but our service unfortunately was not as great. Our server never introduced himself, and we often felt rushed to finish our food even though we were not there at a rush time (eating appetizers and having drinks at 9pm on Saturday)
We had a fabulous meal. Our reservation was for 8:15pm but didn't get seated until later. We were not happy about the delay but the manager was able to address our concerns in a productive and constructive way. We had a remarkable meal and a great time. The manager really stepped up. We really appreciated it. The food is always fantastic.
Fabulous again as always. Food and service, the best.
I finally got around the eating at Factory Kitchen after hearing about it for the last couple years from friends. Oh boy, was it worth the wait. Went there for my birthday with my husband. This is such a fun, vibrant space. Great for people watching...and the FOOD! Highly recommend the handkerchief almond pesto pasta. It's like heaven on a plate! Also had the MacGarther Park from the cocktail menu which was a sublime version of a Manhattan with fresh basil. It was aromatic and smooth. Just a feast for the senses. I'm going back to try everything on their menu.
Amazing! Favorite Italian restaurant in LA. The handkerchief pasta is a must-have!
Great food great service appealing ambience. Staff took good care of us. Definitely recommend.
All the pasta dishes we had were light and tasty. The drinks were good too.
Our waiter left before settling the bill and without saying goodbye. We were left waiting for a while.
Everything was fantastic!
Had a great meal with clients as airways at the Factory Kitchen.. Mandilli Pasta an all time favorite, Osso Buco tasty and tender, Brussels Sprouts exceptional.... and Prosecco to top it off! Perfect night ...
Thanks again for a wonderful dining experience!
Every time we are back in Los Angeles we make sure we come back to The Factory Kitchen. The food is excellent especially the pasta which is always done perfectly.
This is one of my favorite restaurants. Food is consistently superb. We would be there every week if in the neighborhood. But still worth the drive from Santa Monica
The food was good, but the table my boyfriend and I were seated at was in a ridiculous location. Every time someone walked by they brushed my boyfriend’s back. I would have switched seats with him but I was basically touching the back of the man behind me. I hope management does better than squeezing in an extra table and giving it to someone with a reservation in the future.
Always great. Definitely one of the stand out restaurants of Downtown. Fantastic food and service!
Food wasn’t as good as I remember
The food is always delicious and the service is the best.
The server continuously forgot 3 of our orders and overcharged us for 1 extra dish
Always a hit and never disappoints! The food is delish and we appreciate that we can come time and time again for our favorites and love the surpirse of seasonal additions.
Lovely spot for a great Italian bite. Not really blown away by the space, seems generic and doesn't wow you like I would expect. It is small and intimate, but you have enough room between your table and your neighbor's, just make sure you don't get seated in a high traffic area.
Helpful waitstaff that aren't pretentious. Some of the folks clearing the tables seemed a bit rushed/brusk but maybe they were just having an off night!
I've been coming here for awhile. The food this time was very salty which maddest very unappetizing. The noise level is always loud but the service is excellent.
Great ambiance, great service with constant attention to details, the food came out quickly and was coursed appropriately and the food was delicious!
Great food but even better atmosphere and people.. great choice for our 5th anniversary!
The food was amazing and the manager Mattia took good care and helped us with the food and drinks choice. I highly recommend this place to anyone that want to experience an amazing original Italian dinner in LA!
The beignet was delicious. Must have dessert
The minute I sat down, I smelled a strong fish odor. Members of my party noticed it a few minutes later. Quality fish doesn’t produce foul smell. We had the calamari pasta which was salty and also fishy. I don’t recommend. The spring salad with goat cheese and dates was good. The prosciutto dish was ok. By the time we fished our lunch another round of fish entree was being served by the waiter to other patrons and sure enough the foul fishy smell was back.