Review: Franco Manca Pizza, Tottenham Court Road

Review: Franco Manca Pizza, Tottenham Court Road

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 place 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.

The restaurant operates a no booking policy but we were seated immediately on a table for two at around 7.15pm on a Tuesday. Unfortunately this is prime central London real estate so we were remarkably close to the pair of diners next to us, but the restaurant was buzzing and noisy with post-work chatter, so it’s not like we could really hear their conversation or vice versa.

I ordered the ‘number 5’ on the menu  – tomato, garlic, oregano, mozzarella, capers, olives and anchovies. At just £6.70, I was impressed with the size of it (massive) and also the quality – lovely soft, yielding dough and vividly coloured, fresh ingredients on top. It was very salty, but I am a salt fiend so ate every last bite; it was an absolute delight.

My friend ordered the ‘number 3’ which came with wild broccoli, mozzerella, and Gloucester old-spot hand sliced sausage. This ‘white pizza’ comes without tomato but was reportedly still very tasty, and when it’s priced at £6.75, you almost forget that you are in central London.

We washed our pizzas down with a pair of pale ales, and even had change from £20 (before a tip) when we got the final bill – amazing!

The verdict

I was really, really impressed with Franco Manca. They make great, fluffy pizza dough and create fresh, seasonal and interesting topping combinations. What’s more, they are committed to good ingredients; they use rare breed salamis and sausages, British cheeses, and in the summer, British heritage tomatoes as much as they can. The wine & beer list is short, sweet and very will priced.

When you can get freshly made pizza, topped with great ingredients and made with love, for under a tenner – it’s hard to see how the other chain pizza restaurants are ever going to measure up.



    • HungryCityHippy
      October 16, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Aw thank you – and thanks for reading. Will check out your review now!

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