29 July 2014

Franco Manca

98 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TR

Italian , Pizza Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm

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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. Published : Tuesday, 27th May 2014

    chichangout :: Franco Manca

    Franco Manca is, hands down, the best pizza place I have come across in London so far. It is 1) delicious, 2) very reasonably priced, 3) made of carefully chosen, fresh and mostly organic ingredients. What else does the pizza lover need… Their restaurants can be found in several locations around London. I have been to Brixton Village and Tottenham Court Road, and both places made super duper impression on me....
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  2. Franco Manca do one thing and they do it really well. Pizza. They use slow rising sourdough and then bake it in a traditional wood burning oven. Wood burning ovens (we have them in Greece too and we are in love with them) give any food a very distinctive taste. Combine that with sourdough and you are in dough heaven basically. The pizza is very thin, thinner in the middle, with just the right amount of mozzarella and toppings. The ends should NOT be discarded. Eat them. Seriously this is not Pizza Hut, this is proper pizza and a small Italian kitten dies every time you don’t eat the edges. This is all confirmed by my Italian-savvy s.o. (not the part about the kittens though), whom I would like to thank at this point for patiently waiting to get into Franco Manca based only on my recommendation...
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  3. The trend for restaurants not taking reservations often means that you’ll have to queue. That’s definitely the case with Franco Manca, the immensely popular seven-branch chain of pizza restaurants. The Tottenham Court Road branch is one of the most central and therefore has long queues out of the door every night. There are two ways to avoid queuing – eat late in the evening or get a take away with the latter an increasingly attractive option as the weather gets warmer. All of the pizzas from Franco Manca use a soft, fluffy, slightly sweet, mildly sour and comparatively thick base that’s a joy to eat. If you’re a Neapolitan purist though, then it’d be best to stay away – Franco Manca’s pizzas aren’t very traditional...
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  4. We first visited Franco Manca at their restaurant in Chiswick and loved their pizzas and the prices – it’s seriously good value. There’s plans to open quite a few more around London so when I heard they’d set up shop on Tottenham Court Road I hurried myself along there. After a short wait in the cramped doorway (they don’t take reservations) we were taken to a table by the open plan kitchen in the centre of the room...
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  5. Last night, I scheduled a much needed catch up in central London with one of my very oldest friends. She suggested we visit a new Pizza restaurant on Tottenham Court Road, named Franco Manca. This newly opened Sourdough Pizzeria is the sixth one of it’s kind in London, with other branches being based in Northcote, Brixton, Chiswick, Westfield and Balham. I had never been to any of them before, so I was excited to see what was on offer...
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Essential Details for Franco Manca

  • Address: 98 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TR
  • Telephone: 020 7580 1913
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm

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