Factory Place Hospitality Group was founded by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi in March 2013. The Factory Kitchen was the group’s first restaurant, opening October 2013 in The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.
Executive Chef and Business Partner Angelo Auriana joined Ferdinandi and his wife, Beverage Director and Partner Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi, in August 2013 right before the opening of The Factory Kitchen. The restaurant was such an immediate success that it prompted the team to open a second restaurant, Officine BRERA, which debuted in February 2016.
The partners’ aim, passion and responsibility is to create classic, local Italian recipes and unique concepts that reflect the territory and traditions of the Italian people. The atmosphere in all the restaurants is comfortable with knowledgeable, down-to-earth service.
Chef Auriana is one of the most acclaimed and influential chefs on the West Coast. Beyond his dazzling technical skills and unparalleled knowledge of Italian food, he understands proportion and contrast. He consistently provides some of the best Italian food in America, as critics in the U.S. and Italy have frequently noted through the years, among them Jonathan Gold in his Los Angeles Times’ Officine BRERA review in March 2016.
Ferdinandi’s natural talent for hospitality and his lifelong career of collaboration with some of the most prominent chefs and restaurant operators in the country are the foundations for his strong leadership and operational skills that drive Factory Place Hospitality Group.
While the three partners have different tasks in the company, they collectively strive for perfection in all aspects of the business, challenging one another and combining their collective talents into consistent operational excellence.
Factory Place Hospitality Group employees have unmatched talents driven by passion and strive for perfection in culinary arts and service. Ferdinandi is grateful for his team, saying, “We feel blessed by the variety of people who are part of our family, and we continue to provide them with a challenging and educational, yet fulfilling work environment.”
Factory Place Hospitality Group’s culinary venture sixth+mill pizzeria and bar opened in late summer 2018. The casual pizzeria and bar is inspired by the southern regions of Italy. Its focus is about the uniqueness and versatility of the authentic recipes, which include pizza, hard durum wheat pasta and other classics. Following sixth+mill pizzeria and bar’s opening, Factory Place Hospitality Group opened The Factory Kitchen Las Vegas at The Venetian on Dec. 31, 2018.