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Franco Manca, Brixton, London

greedygirl Sep 24, 2008 02:57 AM

Best pizzas in Britain, apparently.


This is close to my house and I'm a big fan. Better than a pizza I had in the summer in Italy. Try it out if you can.

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    foreignmuck RE: greedygirl Sep 24, 2008 03:09 AM

    it's gonna be near on impossible to get a table now though.. the place is tiny.

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      greedygirl RE: foreignmuck Sep 24, 2008 03:59 AM

      They've got another place opening across the market though. Good thing, as they also just won a Time Out award for Best Cheap Eat.

    2. supercharz RE: greedygirl Sep 24, 2008 11:08 AM

      Can't help but feel he's a bit slow off the mark... but wholeheartedly agree with the best pizza in Britain accolade!

      1. food.snob RE: greedygirl Sep 24, 2008 04:11 PM

        Seriously good pizza and such great value!


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          zuriga1 RE: food.snob Sep 24, 2008 11:20 PM

          Just out of curiosity, what did the yummy pizzas you show on the blog cost?

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            food.snob RE: zuriga1 Sep 25, 2008 12:47 AM

            Prices range from £3.90 to £5.60, but I believe these two were £4.80 for the calzone and £5.40 for the other.
            ...Lemonade was £1.

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              foreignmuck RE: food.snob Sep 25, 2008 01:32 AM

              Unbelievable value really. Have been going there since it pretty much first opened, and it always amazes me how they are even cheaper than pretty much every bog standard takeaway or pizza restaurant.

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                zuriga1 RE: food.snob Sep 25, 2008 08:25 AM

                Thanks for the reply. It's certainly value for money!!

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              iheartcupcakes RE: food.snob Sep 30, 2008 08:56 AM

              I've just checked out your blog about it and I simply MUST go asap! Your photos are making me drool!

            3. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Sep 25, 2008 02:15 AM

              The specials change regularly according to the availibility of ingredients. I recently had a pizza bianca with artichokes, which were, quite simply, the best artichokes I've ever tasted. The waiter said they came from Sardinia, and gave me the number of the supplier. I love Franco Manca.

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                iheartcupcakes RE: greedygirl Sep 25, 2008 05:51 AM

                I really want to check this out - sorry if its been answered elsewhere but does anyone know the opening times? I seem to recall reading in Time Out that its got quite strange times (ie not open at weekends!)


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                  greedygirl RE: iheartcupcakes Sep 25, 2008 06:02 AM

                  It's only open at lunchtimes and not at all on Sundays. Weekdays are best as Saturdays are very busy.

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                    food.snob RE: iheartcupcakes Sep 25, 2008 06:28 AM

                    It's open 12-5 (mon-fri) to be precise

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                      iheartcupcakes RE: food.snob Sep 26, 2008 04:21 PM

                      Thanks to both of you for your replies!

                      I'll have to go next time I have a day off - sounds worth it!

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                  Theresa RE: greedygirl Sep 28, 2008 06:49 AM

                  Sounds great - but the best pizza in Britain has to be at Il Forno in Liverpool, as it won the best pizza in the world competition - beating even pizza chefs in italy. It won this a year ago - when did Franco Manca open? Maybe they didn't take part in the competition ...


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                    greedygirl RE: Theresa Sep 28, 2008 01:32 PM

                    It only opened this year. I went past at around 4.30 on Saturday afternoon, and the place was packed. They also had some great looking bread on the counter, which they're starting to sell as of Monday.

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                      Theresa RE: greedygirl Sep 29, 2008 02:39 AM

                      It sounds almost good enough for me to move back down to London ...

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                        NYLONDave RE: greedygirl Sep 30, 2008 08:15 AM

                        Small world I was there at 4.30 on Sat w/ my wife, our 1 year old and good friend who just found out one of owners is a friend of a friend. Unfortunately, they had run out of dough by 4.30 so there was no pizza to be had.


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                      foreignmuck RE: greedygirl Oct 3, 2008 06:04 AM

                      the guys who run FM have just opened an organic deli a few doors down. They sell some great looking stuff, including most of the ingredients they use in the pizza.. The sourdough bread baked in their pizza oven is amazing..

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                        greedygirl RE: foreignmuck Oct 3, 2008 08:39 AM

                        I hope they sell the artichokes I had on my pizza a few weeks ago. They were seriously amazing, the best I've ever had. Will check this out tomorrow, definitely.

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