Advertisement

The Factory Kitchen coming to The Venetian this winter


When The Factory Kitchen opens at The Venetian in December, it’ll be with a Las Vegas veteran at the helm. The executive chef will be Eduardo Perez, formerly of several local Wolfgang Puck restaurants including Mandalay Bay’s Trattoria del Lupo, where he was executive chef from 2007-2014 before decamping for Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach.

“We’re always excited, consistently,” Perez said when asked about the new project. “We have to keep high energy.”

Despite his years of cooking in an Italian kitchen, Perez said the venture poses challenges.

“The new concept that we’re doing is really down-to-earth Italian,” he said. “People misunderstand the Italian cuisine a lot.”

It can be summarized as “Italian food by Italians.” Perez will be working with chef Angelo Auriana who, like FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup CEO Matteo Ferdinandi, is a native of Italy. Auriana and Ferdinandi debuted The Factory Kitchen brand in 2013 in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

Perez says the cuisine is based on dishes handed down over the generations in various regions of Italy.

“Working with chef Angelo, he’s an amazing individual,” he said. “I’ve been (with the company) a little over a month. I still have a lot to learn from him.”

Ferdinandi and Auriana looked far and wide when coming up with the concept.

“Most of the American public has their mind set on the menu items you find over and over again in different Italian restaurants,” Ferdinandi said. “We span the peninsula from north to south, with an emphasis on Liguria. Basically, from town to town you have very different recipes. All of our concepts, these are not the foods you can find in each and every place, but that are very unique to that specific region or town we want to re-create. We’re not reinventing anything; we’re promoting the reality of the history of the foods for the American public.”

The Factory Kitchen will be on The Venetian’s restaurant row, in the space formerly occupied by B&B Ristorante. (Its casual-dining spot, Sixth + Mill Pizzeria and Bar, is expected to open in April in the Grand Canal Shoppes, in the space formerly occupied by Otto Enoteca.)

“That’s very exciting,” Ferdinandi said of the location. “So vibrant. You’ve got giants nearby. We’re just excited to be a part of it — bringing the heritage of our country to the United States.”

Be the first to review this item!


Bookmark this

13 Sep 2018


By Heidi Knapp Rinella
Advertisement

Recent Articles

8 Las Vegas restaurants on OpenTable’s Wine Lovers list

8 Las Vegas restaurants on OpenTable’s Wine Lovers list

in Food

Las Vegas fares well on OpenTable’s annual list of the 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers, with eight valley places making the cut.

Sprouts Market will open new store in southwest Las Vegas

Sprouts Market will open new store in southwest Las Vegas

in News

Sprouts Farmers Market will open its next Las Vegas area location Oct. 3.

Caesars properties eliminating plastic straws nationwide

Caesars properties eliminating plastic straws nationwide

in News

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is the latest major resort on the Strip to announce the elimination of plastic straws and stirrers from all U.S. properties.

Scenic Brewing Co. brewery, restaurant to open in Las Vegas

Scenic Brewing Co. brewery, restaurant to open in Las Vegas

in Food

A member of a Las Vegas family long part of the travel industry will open a brewery and restaurant near Summerlin.

Must Read Articles

Ready to escape? 8 tips to conquer an 'Escape Room'

Ready to escape? 8 tips to conquer an 'Escape Room'

You and your family, friends or colleagues are locked in a room for an hour and have to use your brains to figure out how to escape. Here are 8 tips to help you succeed!

August 13, 2018 By Number One Escape Room

Locals’ guide to free and unrestricted Las Vegas pools

Locals’ guide to free and unrestricted Las Vegas pools

See our list of some of Las Vegas’ top dayclubs, as well as pools that are not restricted to hotel guests.

March 27, 2018 By Al Mancini

Dry Eye Disease: When Your Eye Drops Aren’t Enough

Dry Eye Disease: When Your Eye Drops Aren’t Enough

The fairly common experience leads many to underestimate the effect Dry Eye Disease can have on someone’s entire life.

August 21, 2018 By Center For Sight