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.
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