23 July 2014

Franco Manca

Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD

£23.00 Italian , Pizza Stockwell

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  • Wine: £11.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-5pm (Thurs-Sat -9.15pm Sun -4.30pm)

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Since opening in 2008, this miniature artisan enterprise has built a cult following – thanks to the quality of its wood-fired sourdough pizzas, which are cooked in a special Tufac brick oven imported from Naples. Locals are attracted by the rock-bottom prices and meticulously sourced ingredients, so it’s no wonder that queues form around the block for a taste of Franco’s delicious offerings. Just six different versions are available, topped with various combinations of tomatoes (imported from Salerno), Gloucester Old Spot ham, sausages from Brindisa, organic mozzarella and ricotta produced at Alham Wood in Somerset, fresh herbs, mushrooms and the like. Charcuterie platters and panuozzi (flame-baked bread with various toppings) play a supporting role, while drinks range from a pair of Piedmontese organic wines (red or white) to Sam Smith’s organic blond beer.

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  1. Franco Manca

    Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD
    Overall rating:
    Simon H.

    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  2. Franco Manca

    Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD
    Overall rating:
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  3. Franco Manca

    Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD
    Overall rating:
    Federica S.
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. I'm not particularly a fan of pizza but I'm quite particular with my pizza. I like the crust rolled extremely thin (crisp on the edges and doughy at the centre), the toppings fresh (three to four max), and the cheese proportionate. Proper Neapolitan-style. It's one of those things I crave for when I need a bit of comforting but I don't always get the perfect pizza unless I slave off in the kitchen to make my own. When you've had proper pizza in Italy, particularly Neapolitan-style pizzas, it's quite a disappointment to come back to those thick, overly topped pizzas from commercial traders. Convenience is key, sure. But sometimes you just can't settle for anything less. Unless perfect means less is more...
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  2. Always listen to an Italian, when they tell you about a pizza joint. My colleague born and breed in Italy recommended me Franco Manca. She frequents the Brixton branch often, and I was over the moon to have Westfield Stratford as my local branch. Queuing, I made my choice of pizza and ordered it, watching the staff prepares my freshly cooked pizza. I waited and admire the décor, right bang in the middle one big tufae brick it was. Pizza boxes piled up all around with the logo...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

    Over the Hype :: Franco Manca

    Often exhaled as London’s best pizzeria second to the grandmasters in Naples, Franco Manca’s success lies in their beautifully formed sourdough pizzas for less than £7. Less than a tenner for the equivalent of a three course meal? That’s right, you won’t even need to think about desserts because 1. they don’t serve them 2. the pizzas are big and they are filling. However that’s not to say I’ll stop you from walking past the frozen yogurt shop on the way back. Locating Franco’s was the easier task of the two, if at any point you find yourself standing in the longest queue by a mile of the others, you are certainly in the right one...
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  4. I decided to visit this Pizzeria in Brixton because a friend of mine said he had the best Pizza in London. Before visiting the place, I searched for reviews and I found many comments and articles talking about an “outstanding Neapolitan Pizza”. Franco Manca is in Brixton Village, a nice place with lots of tempting eateries. The pizzeria has long communal tables and it’s always jam-packed with people. The queue luckily moves fast, and you can get a seat in less than 30 minutes. The service is really efficient and this is a big plus...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 7th March 2013

    Bears Bites :: Franco Manca in Brixton Village

    Franco Manca is a place that I have been meaning to go to for ages. For those of you that haven’t heard ‘it’s the best place for pizza in London’…well this is what I was told anyway. I had actually taken a trip down to Brixton Village to go to The Joint which a couple [...]
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  6. Published : Monday, 18th February 2013

    Fork of the Town :: Franco Manca, Brixton Village

    Well now that you’ve been you’ll know all about Franco Manca, but I’ll re-cap for you anyway. This is somewhere that’s been on my hit-list for ages but there’s never been a right time – something that’s especially inexcusable as they’ve also just opened a branch on my doorstep – the Northcote Road – and now that I’ve finally been I am devastatingly cross with myself for being so goddamn tardy. What on earth was I waiting for? Certainly not a better pizza, as THERE ISN’T ONE....
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Essential Details for Franco Manca

  • Address: Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD
  • Telephone: 020 7738 3021
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-5pm (Thurs-Sat -9.15pm Sun -4.30pm)
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area

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