My week has been permeated by the ‘factory’ theme. First, I came across Factory Floor, an electronic band based in London and the next day I stumbled into Factory Kitchen in the Arts District. The truth is, my visit was actually premeditated as I was looking for an authentic trattoria style experience in Downtown Los Angeles.
You are in for a surprise as you stand outside the building that hides an immaculately designed dining room with industrial detailing. The slight rigidity of the concrete surfaces is beautifully juxtaposed with the warm hospitality of the wait staff. Don’t let the simplicity of the lunch menu scare you away. In fact, the strength of this place is the uncomplicated use of fresh ingredients defining the traditionaltrattoria-style dining.
Most of the pastas and bread are made in the house. The dishes are on the lighter side, unless you opt for the veal shank and paccheri, gragnano pasta with pork sausage. I wanted my lunch to keep me fresh and sharp for the rest of the day thus ordering the cavoletti – brussel sprouts without pancetta (Italian bacon). The sprouts, charred to perfection were accented by immaculately cut shallots.
For mymain course I chose the focaccia tradizionale filled with crescenza, a very mild, slightly acidic cheese typical to Lombardy. I highly encourage you to try the Mandilli the silky handkerchief pasta complimented by Factory Kitchen’s own almond pesto. The dish is easy on the on the eyes to the point where I just sat in silence for three minutes transfixed at my neighbor’s colorful plate.
If you would like to broaden your horizons, venturing out from the Historic Core to the Arts District might really be worth your while with a quick stop for a business lunch or a dinner date at Factory Kitchen.
Originally Posted on March 13, 2014