The Factory Kitchen
- Story / Photos By Paige Petrone
Recently a client and I paid a visit to the Natural Museum of History (and we loved the Butterfly Pavilion). We had a wonderful time and afterwards decided to hit one of downtown’s hottest restaurants, The Factory Kitchen. It definitely lived up to its reputation and our expectations. I love a good Italian restaurant, but not all in Los Angeles make fresh pasta. At The Factory Kitchen, all of the pastas are house made and seriously special.
We started with the Peperú (sweet and spicy peppers stuffed with soft cheese and finished with parmesan, arugula, and olive oil) which were surprisingly sweet and fabulously delicious. Then we shared the Cavolonero Salad (Tuscan kale, radiccio, aged ricotta shavings, crostine crumbs, and hazelnuts) along with their signature Focaccina Calda di Recco al Formaggio which simply means “stuffed focaccia bread.” Stuffed with cheese that is, and topped with arugula and olive oil. This was fresh, light, and so delicious. The stuffed focaccia breads are a must-have for sure.
Then it was time for pasta! Our very informative and enthusiastic server told us that hands down we had to try the Mandilli di Seta. So, we did! This dish is unique as the fresh pasta is formed into “handkerchiefs” and smothered in almond-basil olive oil pesto and topped with pecorino Toscano cheese. To die for! Go!
The Factory Kitchen is located at 1300 Factory Place in downtown LA.