Franco Manca

Restaurants , Italian Brixton
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Franco Manca (Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
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Franco Manca (Jonathan Perugia / Time Out)
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Franco Manca (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Franco Manca (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out
Franco Manca (David Axelbank / Time Out)
David Axelbank / Time Out

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
Address: 4 Market Row
Electric Lane
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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