Factory Kitchen is one of the notable Italian restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles.  The other two are Bestia and Maccheroni Republic.  Each providing different styles of what they consider Italian.

Last updated on April 16, 2024 5:51 AM
Factory Kitchen Los Angeles
The restaurant’s bar

Factory Kitchen is located on the Eastside, the Art District, of Downtown Los Angeles and a couple of blocks from Bestia.   The restaurant is situated in a renovated factory space with an open kitchen and a bar area.  It’s a much larger restaurant when compared to Bestia and Maccheroni Republic.  Factory Kitchen is the brain child of Matteo Ferdinandi and Angelo Auriana; the trattoria style restaurant uses only fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

The service was great overall.  Our wait staff was very helpful with recommendations; they were very attentive from the moment I sat down to the moment I left.  There were some occasions where I had to ask for refills on our drinks, which appears to be due to Factory Kitchen being understaffed on a busy night.

Now, the food.  I had the following items:

  1. Brodetto – The bowl of steamed littleneck clams and mussels covered with garlic, garbanzo beans, and bathing in clam water.  The clam water enhanced the natural flavors of the clams and mussels while the garlic brought an intensity to the dish.  The bread provided a great way to soak up the leftover clam water.

    Factory Kitchen Los Angeles
    Brodetto
  2. Prosciutto – The parma prosciutto was cured for 24 months topped with fresh vegetables and chewy stracciatella then laid on a lightly fried sage dough.  The rosy prosciutto was light in flavor and wasn’t overly salty.  The chewy stracciatella provided texture to the overall dish and the vegetables gave it a minty fresh taste.

    Factory Kitchen Los Angeles
    Prosciutto
  3. Mandilli Di Seta – The handkerchief pasta served with ligurian almond basil pesto.  The basil provided an earthy flavor to the rich pasta; the chewy pasta was filled with flavorful proteins that added to the overall taste of the dish.

    Factory Kitchen Los Angeles
    Mandilli Di Seta
  4. Sottopaletta – The seared prime flat iron steak with garnished with fresh green leaves and laid in a nebbiolo sauce.  The perfectly cooked steak had a lot of flavors and the cut made it tender without being a filet or rib eye.  However, I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to steaks and I like my steaks without marination and sauce.  I didn’t enjoy the nebbiolo sauce.

    Factory Kitchen Los Angeles
    Sottopaletta

Overall, Factory Kitchen is a good restaurant and the trattoria style restaurant brings something else to the table that Bestia and Maccheroni Republic doesn’t.  Factory Kitchen does distinguish itself from the crowded Italian scene in Downtown Los Angeles; it provides a warm casual dining atmosphere that will have patrons coming back.  It’s definitely a solid option for Italian unless you want to go to New York for some Babbo.

 

  • 7.5/10
    Service - 7.5/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
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    Flavors - 7.5/10
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    Decor - 7/10
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    Ambiance - 7/10
7.2/10

Summary

Factory Kitchen is one of the notable Italian restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles. The restaurant is situated in a renovated factory space with an open kitchen and a bar area. Factory Kitchen does distinguish itself from the crowded Italian scene in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a pretty solid restaurant.

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