Franco Manca Brixton



3 reviews

Unit 4, Market Row , London, SW9 8LD

Franco Manca
Franco Manca pizza restaurant chain London

SquareMeal Review of Franco Manca Brixton



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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Franco Manca Brixton Location

Unit 4, Market Row , London SW9 8LD

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-5pm (Thurs-Sat -9.15pm Sun -4.30pm)

Franco Manca Brixton's Reviews


Food & Drink: 9.0


Service: 8.3


Atmosphere: 8.3


Value: 9.0


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

17 January 2013

Decent, not amazing


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 5

Bronze Reviewer
02 February 2012

Franco Manca isn't in the most romantic of settings but that's not what you go there for. You go to stuff enormous pieces of their unbelievably chewy, tangy, soft, delicious pizza into your mouth as fast as you can – and wash them down with gulps of perfectly paired organic wine or home made lemonade. There isn't a huge amount of choice on the menu, and some pizzas even come – gasp! – without tomato or cheese, but their special slow-rising sourdough base goes amazingly well with some very well sourced toppings, like home-cured Gloucester old spot ham and organic pecorino from Somerset. Service is pretty abrupt though – I guess with massive queues to get in even on a late Sunday lunchtime, the staff feel they don't particularly have to coddle their customers. When I asked for a dash of milk with my espresso (I know, BLASPHEMY) – I was told by the horrified waitress that “we don't DO milk.” However, with some of the best pizza I've eaten outside Italy, and a bill coming to about £10 per person with a glass of wine, I'll humbly queue and drink my coffee black like everyone else.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

07 September 2009

Let's put Franco Manca in perspective with other eateries. We are talking about quality of product, no frills, the real thing and value for money – for this they get 10 out of 10. But I take 1 point away because of the difficulty in reaching it and the fact that it is only open Mon-Fri at lunchtime only. The various Pizza Express, Zizzi, Ask and so on pale into insignificance, with the highest vote, when compared to Franco Manca, being a meagre 3 out of 10. This quality is only found in the better pizzerie in Italy and if Franco Manca (or rather Giuseppe Mascoli, the owner) wanted to become seriously rich, he would open a series of joints everywhere and, most importantly, open the shops evenings and week-ends. But one cannot have all from life so let's call a sicky at work and enjoy lunch during the week!. Federico Spadafora