With its top-notch, UK-sourced (when possible) ingredients, speedy and friendly service, and rapid turnover, the original Brixton branch of Franco Manca remains, for our money, the best pizza joint in London. Both indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the bustling market arcade. Here you can sate a craving for genuine, Neapolitan-style pizza, with a flavourful slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of traditional and innovative toppings. Purists will prefer either the tomato, garlic and oregano or the tomato, mozzarella and basil, in season. The tasty chorizo pizza comes in two versions (thick-cut and thin-cut, dried) of the rich, oily Spanish sausage; it’s reminiscent of New York’s ubiquitous pepperoni pizza. Other menu choices and daily specials include a variety of seasonal vegetable and cured meat-laden pizzas that, while of top-quality, we find a little busy. Side salads and the restaurant’s unusual lemonade (murky brown and slightly like an Arnold Palmer, thanks to a tannic under-taste) are highly recommended, being thoughtful additions to the carb-heavy pizza. Wine and beer are also available. The other branches we've visited are fine, but haven’t equalled the original branch’s perfection.
|Venue name:||Franco Manca||Contact:|
4 Market Row
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-5pm Mon; noon-10.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Brixton tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £5-£7.50|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:42
- 4 star:10
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:8
- 1 star:4
There are so many restaurants in London to choose from that I almost feel guilty when I visit a place more than once... but that guilt has long gone when it comes to Franco Manca. Visiting this spot at least once a month, I will recommend these pizzas 'til the day I die!
The sourdough bases are too good for words and although they have limited topping options, the choices are perfect. The prices are low, the pizzas are large, and the wine is on point.
My recommendation: Number 6 with pesto as an added topping.
Note when you visit Brixton: there's generally a queue during the day so you will likely have to wait a bit, but if you go slightly later in the evening you're likely to get a spot right away... but make sure to bring a jersey because Brixton Row has a breeze through it and can get quite cold.
Went there a week ago with some friends and was really pleased with the food and service! Definitely worth going
One of the best Pizzas you can have in London, and that too in such a less price.. Taste and quality of the pizza are the best you can expect.... Be ready to expect a long queue to get in the evenings......
I really do not get what all the hype is about, I've heard so many positive reviews and been told to go here a number of times. I've tried the restaurant twice (to give it a chance) and feel that is it highly overrated. The dough was paper-thin, soggy and under-cooked leading to holes in the pizza and it sticking to the box. The toppings were sparse and the combinations not really particularly appetising or original. The price is fairly decent if the pizza lived up to a basic standard.
If you're up for soggy pizza, go for it!
I was there on 10/2/2016. The middle of my pizza was so soggy you could actually take the dough, shape it as you like and bake something else. When I protested this to the waiter he said "this is the way we make it, if you order another one it will come excactly the same way but if you don't like it you don't have to pay".
I still give it 2* because the prices are very competitive. You could go there and eat two soggy pizzas and a have couple of bottles of beer and come out around £20.
Good Toppings - but sparsely thrown onto a very burnt pizza - I probably should give them 1 star but I'm feeling generous by giving them 2 stars
The best pizzas of all London venues! Go and have a try or return once again there, always a pleasure
Absolutely the best pizza in London and the best place to have fun and enjoy your night or day! Love you guys
How this place doesn't have 5 stars across the board is beyond me. It has two things going for it:
1. It is the best pizza I have ever tasted. The sourdough charred crust is honestly a game changer when it comes to pizza crust. And the toppings are fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection.
2. It is so cheap. I mean, not just London cheap, but cheap cheap. Between £5 and £10 for a range of excellently topped pizzas. It's incredible value for money.
The worst thing is, there's a Pizza Express across the road from the one in Balham, and some people still choose to go there instead of Franco Manca. FOOLS!
Born and bred in Naples, I can only think that the 5 stars given to Franco Manca are the result of a Time Out critic who has never actually tasted a real Neapolitan pizza (and I'm talking Sorbillo - http://www.sorbillo.it; Starita a Materdei - http://www.pizzeriastarita.it and Cafasso, to give a few illustrious examples). There is no doubt that Franco Manca's pizze are aesthetically very pleasing. And I can almost forgive the clammy Somerset mozzarella on the pizza itself (but not the freezer-cold mozzarella and burrata starters), but the soul of any pizza is in the dough - and Franco Manca's dough is chewy and gummy. Each to his own, of course, but any self-respecting Neapolitan would steer clear. Surprisingly, the best pizza I've had in London is at Rosso Pomodoro in Camden. No contest.
If you fancy the idea of eating pizza toppings on a naan bread this is the place for you. Its tasty, just soggy.
the best pizza in london? the best pizza in britain? then, do not eat any pizza in the UK! After all those positive reviews, what a disappointment!!!! To be fair, ingredients were good, but my pizza barely saw the oven and was undercooked. Big queue as a reason for it? Do not queue then.
The best Neapolitan pizza ever You MUST try it , if you want to discover london & Italy together Make sure when you are in Brixton eat Pizza Franco Manco .. oh no sorry I meant make sure when you are in London ;)
After reading so many positiv reviews I decided to visit the FM branch on Northcote road. There are 6 different pizza choices. The staff was attentive and quick and the place was vibrant but the Pizza was nowhere near as good as the other people say it is. Taste is of course subjective and everybody has a different taste but overall I wouldn't give it a 5 star rating. But then again where do you get a Pizza for under £7 in a restaurant and they even don't charge service. I would say Value for Money 4 Stars. Pizza taste 2 stars.
Love the place, love the food, love the atmosphere. Definitely the best pizzas in London (and the best Lemonade!)
These Pizzas are incredible - They beat the best pizza i've ever had which was in Tuscany in 1978 - i was 6 so remembering THAT Pizza speaks volumes - and beating it speaks even more, maybe the whole book. YAMMY.
I have dedicated my life to eating Pizza in London and dispite Pizza Metro Pizza running it close, this is my favourite pizza place in the whole of London. Long may it continue!
Very nice place to go in Brixton, pizzas are really delicious, simple and original and service is always good. Yes, sometimes you need to queue, but hey, it is always nice to discover things around in Brixton village, I simply love to queue for restaurants there!
Sadly our food didn't look anywhere near as good as in the picture here. The pizza was hard and overcooked, with little by way of topping. I had mushroom and rocket, really expected some tomato passata as a base but it was hard to find and probably not as much as two mushrooms. The rocket was just dropped on top. My partner said his pizza was tasty but a bit too cold when it was finally delivered. Really disappointed as we had heard great reviews about this place. It was crowded, but it looks like people are here for the social ambiance rather than the food in front of them. Sad disappointment.
Pizza was undercooked, hardly any toppings (3 miserable pieces of aubergine hidden under 9 rocket leaves)... nothing special really! A disappointing lunch!