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 have been fine, but haven’t equalled the original branch’s perfection.
|Venue name:||Franco Manca|
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
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:61
- 4 star:18
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:8
- 1 star:5
Franco Manca, which began in Brixton Market, is a successful chain that serves Neapolitan wood-fired organic pizzas with several branches throughout London.
On an evening visit, I entered their Brixton branch. With a great sense of Bohemian atmosphere around me in their trendy and vibrant market, I sat outside and ordered a Margarita. It was a generous size. The crust was of good consistency and it tasted chewy and doughy. However, I found the toppings to be a little light on mozzarella and tomato. I quite liked the way their tap water was served in old wine bottles which I felt added a certain charm to the place.
Not before long, the restaurant was very busy and had a buzzing atmosphere with gorgeous smells of piping hot fresh pizzas around me.
Pizzas range from £4.95-8.25; a very good high quality cheap eatery. I would recommend it to anyone who is in the market looking for a quick bite – a great young edgy vibe in multi-cultural Brixton.
I'm a complete cynic when it comes to chain restaurants - but I found myself craving a pizza and near a Franco Manc and thought I'd see what all the hype was about. I seriously pleasantly surprised! They have interesting and good quality pizza toppings (e.g. I had fennel salami and goats curd), and the tomato base has real flavour. The sour dough pizza bases are fantastic, though my only qualm would be they are incredibly soft and doughy - which is very tasty, but not very traditional. The real highlight of the evening was, bizarrely, receiving the bill. Dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, for £30! I could believe the incredible value for money.
I'm not saying it's the best pizza you'll ever eat, but if you want relaxed evening with some tasty food for a decent price then you couldn't go far wrong here!
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.
The only bad thing I have to say about Franco Manca is the inevitable queues, especially at their central London branches. I would advise going to Ealing Broadway or Chiswick High Road to avoid this! I personally think the pizzas are one of the best in London, if you like your pizzas heavy on the dough with thick and soft crusts then this is the place for you! The menu is small but exquisitely executed, with only six options to choose from but all using the freshest ingredients possible. A must try!
A delicious and exceptionally popular pizza restaurant that offers consistent quality time and time again. It's a quick meal (unless you have to queue) so unless you're a speedy drinker stick with a glass rather than a bottle of wine as you've often got your pizza before the drink.
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!
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