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“Franco Manca is a step up from Dominos, but lacking the basic pleasantries of your local Pizza Express” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Franco Manca

Franco Manca
76 Northcote Road, London, England
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Ranked #1,983 of 17,940 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Franco Manca is a step up from Dominos, but lacking the basic pleasantries of your local Pizza Express”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I‘d heard fantastic things about the pizzas at Franco Manca, so I kept it simple and ordered the Tomato Mozzarella and Basil, at the bargain price of £5.90. It was pretty great. It’s not the best pizza I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely the best I’ve tried in South West London. The sourdough made the base crispy on the edge yet deliciously chewy. The tomato sauce was seasoned beautifully; they clearly put effort into making the basic components as good as they can be. My only criticism: the pizza could be a little crispier.

However, Franco Manca should only be considered a restaurant in the way that McDonalds is a restaurant. You will not enjoy pleasant evening out. Under no circumstances should you consider this as a potential date venue.

Franco Manca has more similarities with a school canteen than it does a restaurant. There were children on every single table, running up and down the restaurant and playing outside. Seriously they were everywhere. You might be mistaken in thinking we visited at 3:45pm for a post school snack. It was actually 7pm on a Friday, and from what I’ve heard this is a recurring theme, regardless of what time you visit.

My final complaint is about glassware. Now I’ve been told that it’s the trendy thing to do, but wine in a tumbler glass? Really? Even if I could see past this hideous new development in modern dining, my tumbler glass was filthy.

To conclude, I’d recommend the take-out option.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
london
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good Pizza, Good Value, not as good as its reputation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Franco Manco is a good value pizza place but one that fails to live up to its reputation.

i've been three times, service is good but not great, and the menu is short but sufficient, the restaurant has a good buzz about it but the tables are uncomfortably close together.

the pizza is good but not great (locally you can find better pizza at via caracciolo or donna margherita).

good restaurant but the details matter (wine in chipped tumblers?)

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very good pizzeria in Clapham”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Went with friends for a very late Sunday lunch. Very good service, orders were delivered very fast. Pizzas were quite nice (not the best in London as advertised but definitely nice). Not particularly expensive. Would go again if in the neighbourhood and keen on pizzas but would not travel there as a destination restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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154 reviews 154 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“does what it says on the tin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

have been to this restaurant 4 or 5 times now and it has been consistantly good each time. Really good if you don't wnt to think about too much. one size of pizza, half a dozen variants (you can add bits), two bottles of red, same for white, couple of beers etc. Pizza bases really light and not greasy and nice full toppings. friendly fast service with lively cramped atmosphere. Even better its really good value for money. Only down side be prepared to queue its so popular.

Visited April 2013
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London
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Delicious pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The pizza lives up to the hype. The best I have ever tasted. Aside from that the restaurant is small, and nothing special in any respect. Prices keen though.

Visited April 2013
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