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Overrated Pizza at Franco Manca in Brixton

Overrated Pizza at Franco Manca in Brixton

IN: Best Food in London October 12, 2013 4:45 pm 0 comments

Pizza Franco MancaLondon’s best pizza? Some would name Franco Manca, but I’m not sure why. London has more to offer.

I decided to visit this Pizzeria in Brixton because a friend of mine said he had the best Pizza in London. Before visiting the place, I searched for reviews and I found many comments and articles talking about an “outstanding Neapolitan Pizza”.

Franco Manca is in Brixton Village, a nice place with lots of tempting eateries. The pizzeria has long communal tables and it’s always jam-packed with people. The queue luckily moves fast, and you can get a seat in less than 30 minutes. The service is really efficient and this is a big plus.

After around 30 minutes my wife and I had a table and we ordered almost a minute after, because we had time to look at the menu while we were queuing. A waiter handed it out to all the people waiting to have a table. Smart move, enhancing the desire and expectations!

The menu is formed of 6 pizzas – starting from a simple Tomato, Garlic and Oregano and ending with a more elaborated Tomato, Cured Organic Chorizo and Mozzarella. The cheapest pizza costs £4.50 and the most expensive £6.95, which is really a good price for one of the most popular Pizza places in London.

The menu states: “Our pizza is made from s low-rising sourdough and is baked in a wood-burning ‘Tuff’ brick oven made in Naples by a specialised artisan. This oven produces a heat of about 500 °c (930 °F ). The slow levitation and blast cooking process lock in the flour’s natural aroma and moisture giving a soft and easily digestible crust. As a result, the edge (cornicione ) is excellent and shouldn’t be discarded.

I love when a restaurant explains a special procedure and gives details of the food that you are about to order. My expectations were so high that I couldn’t wait to taste that pizza, almost as much as when I went for the first time in Naples to taste the “World’s Best Pizza at l’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.

I ordered the pizza with gloucester old sport ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, wild mushrooms and tomato. Cost £ 6.85. I also had a No Logo Craft Brewed Lager. Cost £3.30.

Ham Pizza Franco Manca Nologo Beer

After only 10 minutes (maybe even less) we received our Pizzas.

Unfortunately the shape and texture didn’t look like what I was expecting: poor topping and very dry. That was a shame, because the pizza’s description was mouthwatering – but what I received looked like something different. The taste was ok but honestly, I had better Pizzas in London, served by much less notorious Restaurants.

I would probably give it another go, maybe it was just an unlucky day, but if this is the standard they deliver, I could classify it as an averagely good pizza, nothing more than that.

Franco Manca deserves a good grade for the service and the overall experience but a just above average mark for the Pizza they serve.


Very efficient service despite the number of people served in a Saturday night!


Just above £10 for a Pizza and a Beer. Vey inexpensive.


Unit 4, Market Row,

London, SW9 8LD

Telephone: 020 77383021

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

Impartial and Clear Review Disclosure

Invited by PR company? NO
Guest of the Chef or Restaurant Owner? NO
Restaurant knew I was a Blogger ahead of ordering? NO
Was the meal comped by the restaurant? NO
Any complimentary items provided by the restaurant? NO

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