My parents just returned from a trip to Italy to celebrate their 35th anniversary, and in honor of both my mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day, we trekked to Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District as a family to (finally!) enjoy an incredible meal at The Factory Kitchen. An ever-bustling restaurant serving traditional Italian food, it seemed the most appropriate place to dine on the heels of their return to the States – and the fare from Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi’s and Chef Angelo Auriana’s trattoria was the ideal way to immerse ourselves in the duo’s shared Italian roots. As a larger group, we were able to sample a hefty portion of the menu, and I’m still finding it difficult to decide which beautiful dish was my favorite – from the Jidori chicken liver pate, to the Focaccina Calda di Recco al Formaggio (of which we ordered the Tradizionale, in order to sample the cheesy, warm foccacina in its purest form!), or the handkerchief pasta with Ligurian almond basil pesto. In truth, they even made a cannoli-lover out of me, and the meal in its entirety was a stellar love-song to Italian culture and its incomparable culinary heart.