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Sep 24, 2008 02:57 AM

Franco Manca, Brixton, London

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

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    1. re: foreignmuck

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

        1. re: food.snob

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

          1. re: zuriga1

            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.

            1. re: food.snob

              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.

              1. re: food.snob

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

            2. re: food.snob

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

            3. 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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              1. re: greedygirl

                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!)


                1. re: iheartcupcakes

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

                  1. re: iheartcupcakes

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

                    1. re: food.snob

                      Thanks to both of you for your replies!

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: Theresa

                    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.

                    1. re: greedygirl

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

                      1. re: greedygirl

                        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.