Franco Manca

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Guy Dimond

Balham branch of the popular pizza mini-chain, which specialises in sourdough bases and artisanal toppings. Bookings are not taken.

Venue name: Franco Manca
Address: 53 Bedford Hill
SW12 9EZ
Opening hours: No bookings taken
Transport: Tube: Balham; Bus: 155; Rail: Balham
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Lizzie W

Sooo I am being a bit harsh as I love the pizzas here (doughy bases are amazing) however the service on Saturday night wasn't tip top and myyyy were they stingy on the toppings.

We decided to share the meat special (£7.95 for chorizo, ricotta, mozzarella and watercress - no tom base) and have the buffalo mozzarella and wild boar salami side as a starter (£7 for a whole ball and a lotta salami). We asked for the pizza to have tomato sauce as without doesn't appeal to me and they said that was no problem. However we ended up waiting between starter and main nearly 30 minutes while people who had sat down after we had finished our starter got their pizzas annnnd people queueing outside got slices of pizza on the house! 
We got an apology, our pizza followed soon after annnnnd was yummy however over the whole pizza there was only 4 slices of chorizo and some slices were covered in cheese and some had none on! It irritated me quite a lot but my bf had eaten most of the pizza before I realised how inconsistent the toppings were. Also charged us another £1 for the tomato base!
I mean I am still gonna go back as compared with Italian chains the pizza is yuuuuum and reasonably priced but I do think they need to pay attention to the detail!


People rave so much about Franco Manca - probably ironic hipsters on a rare visit south of the river. 

But let me paint an alternative viewpoint.

Granted, the ingredients are fresh, packed with flavour and various toppings so it is high end stuff for a little wallet and is certainly one of your more healthy pizza options being sourdough baked.

I just find it really dry and I'm sorry, I'm a child of the 90's, give me teenage mutant ninja turtle style cheese dripping, artery choking pizza. If I'm being bad, I wanna be really bad!!!!!! 

If you don't like Pizza, you are pretty much screwed, they really taste their gastro pizza seriously at Franco Manca and don't expect much variety on the menu!

They also charge you extra for a tomato base, which I find bizarre.

Mattia V

Best place in my neighbourhood. Amazing pizza, friendly staff, good value for money.totally recommended

Charlotte T

Best - Authentic - Pizza - who knew Sourdough pizza is the best - great friendly service - just be prepared to queue a bit. Always look out for the extra toppings on the specials board. Some of their pizzas come without tomato but if you ask them they are happy to put some extra on. Beware of the chilli oil it is very hot!

Carrie C

BEST, PIZZA, EVER! You cannot beat a Franco Manca sourdough pizza! It's the badgers nadgers. Well worth waiting for and fantastic value for money. My favourite Balham restaurant.