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.
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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.
Nice atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Homemade pasta. Extensive wine list. Would definitely recommend.
As much as I’d like to a great review I’m unavailable to. The service from the very start was unprofessional and rude. I booked the reservation 3 weeks in advance so it’s not like i just showed up with a large part. Our waitress made use feel dumb if we asked questions or she was just plain rude. I understand it’s a bit rude but at least smile when you’re replying to your guest.
We made a reservation for 8 for my daughter's 17th birthday party. We got there before our reservation, and ended up waiting for 1/2 hour past our reservation because our table was still occupied, even though the diners had paid their bill, but just sat there for another 45 minutes. The manager would not ask them to leave. They sat us at another table (where we were squeezed in). After our meal, I told the waiter we had a birthday cake from Susie Cakes that was given to the hostess. He didn't give me a second to tell him my daughter's name on the cake, and just asked if it was a cake or cupcakes. I said cake. He brought out a cake, and after we ate it, realized that it was another person's cake - not ours.
Good food, good service, authentic Italian fare with traditional ingredients (e.g. parma prosciutto, truffle, burrata, etc.). Would definitely come again. Reservations are difficult so book in advance!
The waiter was so rude. He rushed us throughout the service and took a wrong order but insisted that it was correct. It was definitely such a letdown.
First time having dinner here. Food was delicious.
food was just okay. bad service. been waiting on the table but no one serve us
The pasta is as good as any I've had in my life, including extensive and expensive eating in Italy
Chef Bobo is just the best.
Consistently good food, worthy of at least one Michelin star.
This remains one of the best Italian dining experiences in LA!
We enjoyed a great salad to start with, followed by amazing pasta and finished off with wonderful desserts. Will definitely go back
All the pasta dishes were to die for. The server was nice but not too attentive. We had to flag down other servers and busboys to get our server.
We loved it. The food was delicious.. the service was perfect.. the vibe was energetic. A very cool restaurant with substance. We will be back.
The pesto is fantastic but we ordered two other dishes to share that were terrible in comparison. Highly recommending coming here for the pesto....
Very loud and they rushed you through, no ambience, dinner was done in 45 minutes, appetizers cane out in less than 5 minutes
Lovely atmosphere, great food and drink. Perfect for pre-theater or just an Arts District evening hang out.
This was our first time to this restaurant, it was SPECTULAR !!!!!!!!
The food was made to order, the service great, the pasta melted in your mouth ,the fish unbelievable amazing taste, the apple dessert beyond wonderful. Will defiantly return...… this is a real find ..
Sadly, the fresh, house-made pasta had so much potential, but was woefully overcooked into a limp, wet mass. So much so that I initially wondered whether this was some regional style or a kind of retro culinary statement. I don't think it was. It's a great room and a neat location, otherwise. The focaccina was fantastic to the point that it partially redeemed the awfully cooked pasta.
This place puts out consistently exceptional food since day one. What a great addition to Los Angeles food scene
Have dined here on several occasions, food always excellent. Servers are very friendly and helpful about menu questions. On our list of favorite restaurants in LA.
The place is outstanding! Wait staff totally attentive but not cloying. Fabulous food and drink!
Great option for meeting up with a group of friends or a more intimate one-on-one.
Other than the check in process, this place was money!! Great food and service and atmosphere.
New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. Got there early and they were able to seat us in just a few minutes. Food was good, about 60 per person with dessert, coffee, apps, entree, a corkage fee. A little noisy but overall very pleasant.
The best homemade pasta in town. Just outstanding. And their homemade gelato,especially the caramel, was as good as in Italy
One of the best meals I’ve had in Los Angeles in the past 19 years. Everything was great (except for the brodetto which wasn’t bad, it just didn’t stand up to the others).
We had the peppers and cheese (peperú - outstanding and a great way to start your meal).
We had the foccacina (tradizione) which was pull-apart awesome, however next time I would get one with something in it for a little more complexity.
We had the prosciutto with burrata, arugula and some spongy dough. As simple as this dish was, it was amazing.
We splurged for the egg noodle and white truffle pasta. The cool thing was the chef cane out and mixed the egg noodles and egg together and then shaved the black and white truffles over the pasta. The not cool thing was that you could not portion it from there for four people. It would have been better if the chef gave each person a bit of the pasta and then shaved the truffle in top of each persons portion. When we portioned it, some got too much truffle while others got none - ruining the experience for all.
The pesto pasta was divine and the veal chop was exceptional.
My wife said the head bartender who crafted the cocktails was lovely.
Our only knock is the place is loud. You can’t have a good conversation at a table with 4 people. And for an Italian meal of this quality, that’s a shame. If you want a dynamite meal and don’t need/want good conversation, this is your place. If you want a traditional Italian food experience, this might not be your place. It’s loud and the food comes out quick. Having said, that food is exceptional.
Great food, very noisy worth the loud ambiance fir the food. The canoli are a must order.
Disappointed with the food and service started out good but then fell apart at the end. Pasta with baby clams had no flavor mushroom pizza was good, Panna cotta was ok but again not much flavor. Will stick with officine brera
Amazing. Food is incredible.
When you go to Factory Kitchen you know you'll always get a solid meal. This was Christmas Eve, so there's always a risk that the kitchen is too busy or something will go off, but everything from food to service was spot on. Our waiter paced the mail properly, offered us tastes of some wines to figure out which one we'd like with our meal, and even though it was super busy the evening felt special and wonderful.
Too skimpy on portions. If you charge as much as you do, be classy enough to provide value, instead of charging high prices, giving small portions and hoping customers buy more food.
This was our second visit. The food and hospitality are wonderful.
Long time for entrees
First time visiting, Very tasty pastas and all delicious
We loved everything we ordered!we were a group of six our server was a fabulous young lady sorry can’t remember her name!
More than anything, it was freezing. And the air kept blowing on us.
But the food was ok, the pork was just a fat pile. And bonus, we paid something like $30 for almost no meat. The focaccia was more like a blintz than flatbread. Such weird food choices.
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