Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last feature! Time to catch up on all the restaurants I visited at the end of 2019. First up, Franco Manca. It opened up to quite a bit of excitement from those that had visited the original in London’s Brixton Market (established 2008). The USP (unique selling point) is the slow-rising sourdough base and properly sourced, small supplier, seasonal ingredients – that’s a mouthful – does it translate into a tasty mouthful though?
Our arrival was a bit meh, the waiter seemed a touch harried, although I’m not sure why, it wasn’t that busy. We took our seats, the restaurant itself is minimal, I’m guessing this is in keeping with the cool vibe of their Brixton heritage (disclosure: I’m guessing as I haven’t been to the London branch). We ordered some drinks, a Green Cola (no sugar or aspartame) for Erin, and an Organic Lemonade for me, which was homemade in reusable glass bottles – a nice touch.
We weren’t tempted by the starters on the day (although there are some nice things – burrata, a spicy lamb sausage dish, a cured meats platter… to name a few). Franco Manca is pretty much all about the pizza though, so that’s what we focused on.
We ordered the No.4 (above) which is apparently the most popular on the menu.
The price is one of the best things about Franco Manca, the pizzas start from £5. A classic Margherita style is £6.75. The one above which had mushrooms, onions, and roasted cured ham is £7.95. The base was nice, but I’m not sure I’d have noticed anything special about it had I not known, that said it was very tasty and I certainly had no complaints.
Our second pizza was a No.6 – organic tomato, natural & iberico chorizo, and mozzarella – it was our favourite of the two and we both agreed that the chorizo was the best we’d ever had (Erin is a bit of a fan of all things chorizo).
Would we go back? Yes we’d definitely go back for a quick lunch or bite to eat, the restaurant isn’t much to write home about, but the pizzas are tasty and reasonably priced. It’s no fuss dining, and definitely a tasty mouthful.