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North Italian Cooking

April 14, 2014

The Factory Kitchen

The Downtown Arts District is currently the flourishing hub for LA’s ever-growing population of artists, and some of the best up-and-coming haunts and boutiques in the city have made this formerly deserted field of factories their home. Adding fuel to the creative fire is The Factory Kitchen, a recently opened Ligurian trattoria from chef Angelo Auriana and restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, that both pays homage to the history of the neighbourhood, and promises a brighter and more bustling future – at the very least, in the way of authentic Italian eats in this ‘hood.

The osteria’s fitout, including a spacious main 3,000 sq ft dining room, makes some obvious nods to the structure’s industrial heritage with robust, well-worn concrete pillars, salvaged wood tables, and polished cement floors. Sip on a glass of wine from their solid list of over 70 different varieties sourced from Italy, then take a perch by the open kitchen to watch Auriana and team prepare authentic Ligurian plates like ‘mandilli’ handkerchief noodles with basil and almond-based pesto, ‘focaccina cotto’ flatbread topped with crescenza, rosemary and cotto ham, and rolled pork belly porchetta and roasted red onions, carrots, fennel and celery. Finish the Italian way with desserts like cannoli dipped in marmalade and caramel-smeared chocolate custard cream puff. Magnifico!

1300 Factory Pl / lunch Mon-Fri, inner daily / +1 213 996 6000 /