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The Factory Kitchen Open In Las Vegas

The popular Italian Trattoria in Downtown Los Angeles to open second location at The Venetian®



FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup and The Venetian Las Vegas announce plans to open The Factory Kitchen at The Venetian, opening December 2018.

“I am very excited and extremely thankful to The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands Corp. for the opportunity to open our first Las Vegas restaurant,” says Matteo Ferdinandi, CEO of FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup.

The space, designed by Architect Thomas Schlesser of DESIGN BUREAUX, will be transformed into a vibrant 152-seat restaurant, filled with pops of The Factory Kitchen’s signature orange, forest green and rustic reclaimed wood tables. In contrast with the organic earth tones are industrial details: Touches of rose gold adorn the art deco-style light fixtures, cool concrete walls and plush grey banquettes line the perimeter of the restaurant. The façade will be interactive with the lively corridor that connects The Venetian and The Palazzo but will offer guests comfort and privacy.

The Factory Kitchen is the product of a long-standing friendship between Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality. The original trattoria, serving traditional Italian recipes, opened its doors on Oct. 24, 2013, in The Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles. The Factory Kitchen takes its name from the street it’s located on and the former factory building complex that hosts it, but the restaurant’s soul is purely Italian.

In the kitchen, Chef Auriana prepares dishes using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The approachable menu at The Factory Kitchen highlights the simplicity of traditional local recipes. These recipes have been passed down from generation to generation within Italian families.

Beverage Director and Sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi has created a wine list which reflects the essence of their distinctive regions. Though Italian wines will be prevalent at The Factory Kitchen, additional wines from neighboring Western European countries and beyond are served.

The bar program highlights artisanal cocktails, which focus on texture, subtle acidity and simplicity, while illuminating the main spirit. The bar is approachable and the high-energy atmosphere fosters laughter and friendships—new and old.

The Factory Kitchen Las Vegas will be open for lunch and dinner when it debuts December 2018 in The Venetian.

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About FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup

FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup was founded by Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi in March 2013. The groups portfolio of restaurants includes the company’s flagship restaurant, The Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera and sixth+mill, all 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. FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup restaurants are designed to deliver classic Italian recipes and dining experiences reflecting the territory and traditions of the Italian People. The restaurants are comfortable, with carefully-crafted ambiance and knowledgeable, unpretentious service.

About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Lorena Garcia and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch Spa; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes; a 120,000-square-foot casino and poker room.

Conveniently connected to The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas offers an alluring and elegant resort experience for those seeking a luxurious escape in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.  Guests enjoy chic all-suite accommodations, world-class shopping, including a flagship Barneys New York, and lavish dining experiences from renowned chefs Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck.   Soaring lobbies and atriums open to exclusive resort amenities, including The Aquatic Club, Grand Canal Shoppes and Canyon Ranch Spa.

The resort features more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, including the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center and the famed Sands Expo Convention Center.

For more information, visit or  The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

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 Luxor Hotel and Casino spices up the resort’s food and beverage program with the addition of Diablo’s Cantina, opening December 20. At Diablo’s, guests will be invited to ignite their taste buds with tantalizing appetizers, wickedly tasty entrees, delicious desserts and tangy cocktails.
The robust menu, created by Executive Chef Saul Ortiz, will boast vibrant Mexican fare deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of Mexico City, the country’s capital. From starters to sides, each dish balances rich flavors with modern cooking techniques and detailed presentations to provide guests time-honored, south of the border favorites in an approachable way.

“My cooking style is heavily inspired by the produce and street food of Mexico City, my hometown,” said Ortiz. “The menu features a collection of the city’s popular dishes and showcases a modern approach to authentic Mexican cuisine by preparing traditional ingredients using contemporary methods.”

Menu highlights will include:

Spicy Starters
Agua Chile Shrimp Ceviche: Citrus-cured shrimp mixed with cucumber, pickled onions, orange, cilantro and Fresno Chili peppers; served with tortilla chips

Diablo’s Salsa Tasting: A tasting of three increasingly spicy house-made salsas including a mild tomatillo and jalapeno mix; medium tomato and chipotle blend; and a tingling combination of roasted tomatoes and Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper.

Savory Staples
Enchilada Trio: 
Platter of three enchiladas with mouth-watering fillings and sauces including slow-roasted beef brisket topped with a zesty pasilla sauce; chicken tinga and cheese coated with a chipotle tomato sauce; and shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter sauce, finished with a tomatillo crema and cabbage slaw.

Combination Fajitas: Sizzling skillet of Achiote-marinated steak, Adobo chicken and citrus shrimp with bell peppers, red onions and yellow squash

Sinful Sweets 
Fried Platano Split
: Fried, hand-pressed plantain coated with sugar, topped with cinnamon ice cream and berry compote and drizzled with condensed milk, chocolate and cajeta

Churro Funnel Cake a la Mode: Churro funnel cake complete with cinnamon ice cream, strawberry marmalade and Nutella

Satisfying Sips
To complement the flavorful bites, guests can choose from a collection of premium tequilas and handcrafted margaritas such as The Vixen, made with blanco tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, hibiscus and mint; or El Gordo, a classic margarita served frozen in a souvenir cup. Additional specialty drinks include the Bubbly Citrus Mojito, a citrus rum with elderflower and lime muddled with mint and topped with prosecco; and the Forever Summer Sangria, red wine with orange liqueur, lemon-lime soda and seasonal fruit.  
Fans of Diablo’s will recognize the abstract sombrero sculpture which remains the focal point of the venue, while a color palette of red, purple and green, along with colorful sugar skull murals and updated fixtures, transforms the room into a vibrant dining space. Large parties can be hosted in the private dining room, which seats up to 60 guests.

Diablo’s Cantina will be located on Luxor’s Mezzanine Level, in the former Tacos & Tequila space. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call the restaurant directly at (702) 262-5225 or visit the Luxor website.
About Luxor Hotel and Casino
One of the most iconic hotels on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the inside rewards visitors with equal parts excitement and intrigue. The resort features a wide variety of entertainment including Blue Man Group, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top and the provocative adult revue FANTASY. Combined with the 120,000-square-foot gaming area and eclectic restaurants, Luxor is an unparalleled travel destination. Luxor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit, call toll free at (877) 386-4658 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Big Chicken – The best chicken sandwiches in town



Big Chicken is serving up some of the best chicken sandwiches with the BIGGEST flavor of all time.

With taste at the forefront, Big Chicken delivers a menu that fuses home-cooked childhood favorites with bold new flavors. Come try our signature dish Lucille’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, just the way mom made it – but with a crispy Cheez-It® crust! Located just off of the Las Vegas Strip, Big Chicken aims to create a fun family haven that both comforts and delights.

4480 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 675-3333
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Vetri Cucina, the chef’s first expansion outside Philadelphia

Restaurant collections in the Strip



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4321 W Flamingo Rd Fl 56
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 944-5900
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Vetri has the longstanding reputation as being one of the most respected and influential Italian restaurants in the country.
In September of 1998, Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, premiered Vetri Cucina in a historic townhouse in Philadelphia. Two decades later, the original restaurant that launched this journey continues to provide a culinary tour of Italy, and has garnered national accolades.

Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin have introduced the intimacy of Vetri Cucina to the energy of Las Vegas. Immediately after visiting the Palms Casino Resort, they saw the potential for the second iteration of their iconic townhouse. Perched above the city with panoramic views of the Strip and Red Rocks Canyon, the 56th floor provides the perfect backdrop for this latest venture.

The team is thrilled to share their acclaimed Italian cuisine with the Las Vegas community, as well as the unparalleled hospitality for which they’ve become known in Philadelphia.

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