The Richmond edition of Franco Manca’s is definitely one of the coolest locations, situated in the old police station. A departure from the typical awning entrance for the pizzeria chain, this red bricked building has lots of character and atmosphere. It’s also very well located, making it the perfect choice for a rest-stop after a busy day. The restaurant is right next door to the cinema, the museum of Richmond, and you can even check out the local theatre. There are loads of green spaces for a post-pizza walk to Richmond Green or the Little Green. Underground and mainline links are also easy to get to.
The interior is a calm respite from the buzz of all the cafes and bars in the area, with beautiful wooden accents and exposed brick. The daily specials blackboard hangs next to shelves of imported olive oils and vegan wines. Specials change according to season and include meat and vegetarian options. The light filters in through the large wall to floor windows, enrobing the pizzas in a soft glow.
The classic Neapolitan-style pizzas are made of sourdough, which is freshly made every day by the chefs and slow-proved for 24 hours. You can even learn how to make your own pizza in the masterclasses held every third Tuesday of the month. In two and a half hours, you will master the art of sourdough pizza and get to eat your own creation, for just £30. Imagine skilfully wielding your peel of pizza into the custom-built tufac brick ovens, in the old police station cells of the building. Top your personal pizza with delicious ingredients and enjoy.
There is also a private room, which includes a table tennis area, available for group bookings and parties. The restaurant is disabled access friendly and has baby changing facilities available.