Franco Manca’s Bromley location is unlike most typical restaurants of the brand. The Neapolitan-style pizzeria joint has been tastefully converted from the historical Compass pub without losing any of its original charm. It’s a stunning, traditional building with bright red bricks contrasting with the original quirky deep green tiles from the 1900s. Emblazoned on the side, a sourdough bread sign, promotes the restaurant’s distinct signature artisan-made pizza bases.
The restaurant is ideally located a few paces off the bustling high street and Glades shopping centre for a warming refuge from a shopping trip - just a short walk from Bromley North underground station or a jaunt to Bromley Park to work off those delicious pizzas.
The interior is a modern contrast to the outside, hanging lights are strung around the room, exposed brick complements the white walls, and slanted windows bring in the right amount of light to illuminate the food. The smell of fresh pizzas regularly being turned out of the ovens, bringing another level of warmth and bliss to the restaurant is a bonus too.
The Tufac custom built brick ovens are kept in just the right conditions for a 40 second bake time on each pizza to ensure the perfect chewy, yet crunchy crust. The Naples import has definitely won over the London crowd and is even appreciated by Italians. There are six main pizza options available, with a seventh guest edit from famous Italian pizzaiolos and Michelin star chefs, and of course the flexibility to modify your order according to dietary requirements or simply more toppings.
Customers are impressed by the fast but friendly service from waiters who always have a great recommendation up their sleeve. The pizzaiolos armed with their wooden peels are highly skilled, you can watch from your seat as they prepare your pizza.