Franco Manca

53 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9EZ  – but there are few around London, the first and most famous in Brixton

Service: 4
Food: 5
Price: £12 per person (drinks excluded)

Pizza is a sticky issue to discuss in a food blog. While there can be agreement on how a medium-rare steak should look like or how crunchy roast potatoes should be, there can hardly be an agreement on what fall under the definition of “good pizza”. Some people like it crispy, some like it soft. Some prefer it thin, some others thick. Some people enjoy chicken on it, and of course Italians would say that Hawaiian pizza is the biggest disgrace produced by human kind.

How do I like my pizza then? thin and soft at the base, with a thicker crust. Absolutely cooked in a wood oven and with fresh tomatoes or fresh passata. Franco Manca’s pizza ticks all the boxes. Yes, the best pizza in London I had…so far. We must always remain open to new experiences and ready to challenge our statements.


Pizza n. 4: Gloucester old spot ham (Home Cured), mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, while mushrooms (Little tomato) £6.85 – with artichokes topping.

The crowds queueing in front his restaurants will confirm the idea anyways. The menu is surprisingly but pleasantly simple. Six piazzas – thats all. And simply let them know if you want anything extra on top.
For extravaganza lovers, there is a chorizo pizza…God knows who came up with that. Probably someone who believed Spain and Italy were the same country. Anyhow.
The pizza is cooked to perfection. Thin, soft and juicy, with simple and easy ingredients. I can have the arrogance to say that if you stepped into a normal pizzeria in Napoli (where I am proudly from), you would get more or less the same result. Trust me, saying this of a pizzeria in London is probably the greatest achievement this blog could hope for. It’s just not easy. Why? Because when you have little ingredients and only one shot, it’s pretty easy to have everything tasting pretty bland. But thankfully this is not the case.

For now, Franco Manca wins my best pizza award. Give it a go. And keep an eye on this channel, in case a new suitor for the prize might come forward!


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