BRERA Ristorante (formerly Officine BRERA) is a trattoria inspired by the Cucina Povera, typical of the countryside along the River Po’ Valley in Northern Italy. Business Partners Angelo Auriana and Matteo Ferdinandi both grew up in this region and have fond memories of hearty meals shared with family and friends. The menu at BRERA Ristorante displays Chef Auriana’s view on authentic Italian flavors while incorporating his professionalism, personality, experience and intuition into the dishes he creates.
At BRERA Ristorante, Chef Auriana has taken traditional recipes from his heritage and made them accessible to guests, combining contemporary techniques with traditions. Chef Auriana always makes sure to stay true to his Italian lineage by using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Ferdinandi’s passion for excellence in service is something that he and the BRERA Ristorante team consistently strive for, while always showing their guests respect and generosity.
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, 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 drove the team to open a second restaurant, BRERA Ristorante (formerly Officine BRERA), which opened February 2016. The partners’ aim, passion and responsibility is to portray the classic, local Italian recipes and create unique concepts that reflect the territory and traditions of the Italian people. The atmosphere in all restaurants is comfortable with knowledgeable, down-to-earth service. Chef Angelo Auriana is one of the most acclaimed and influential Chefs on the West Coast, beyond his dazzling technical skills and his unparalleled knowledge of Italian food, he understands proportion and contrast, he consistently provides some of the best Italian Food in America, as critics both in the US and Italy have frequently noted through the years and lately our very own Jonathan Gold in his Los Angeles Times’ Officine BRERA (now BRERA Ristorante) review in March 2016. Matteo Ferdinandi’s natural talent for hospitality along with his life long career of exposure and 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 the group. While the three partners have different tasks within 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 both culinary art and service. Ferdinandi is grateful for his team, stating “we feel blessed by the variety of people that 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 new culinary venture sixth+mill pizzeria and bar opened in August 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. Factory Place Hospitality Group opened its newest restaurant, The Factory Kitchen, at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Dec. 31, 2018.
To all our mentors, that led us and inspired us through our professional growth. To all the journalists and food writers that came to The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA (now BRERA Ristorante) for work but also for pleasure—with your stories, you allowed us to be known. To all our employees that understood our drive and passion; they keep working hard to make sure that we bring it to the table. To all of our vendors, that brings us amazingly unique products. To our guests, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and keep our dream alive. Ultimately: thank you to our investors, for believing in us and make both The Factory Kitchen and BRERA Ristorante a reality.