Sunday, May 3, 2009
Franco Manca is one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time. The dough is made out of a special sourdough that stays chewy and light, instead of hard or cardboard-y. There are only 6 different combinations but you can add additional toppings as you like. The owners are committed to organic and locally sourced materials, even down to the wines. The pizzas are cooked in a specially made brick oven that is in the middle of the restaurant.
I ordered a #1 with olives, the Irishman ordered a #4, and we had a bottle of the house wine. Our bill was £18.50 - a steal for 2 pizzas each the size of a huge plate. The restaurant is located in the Brixton Market, and therefore subject to the hours of the market (open until 5pm and closed on Sundays). Despite these restrictions, Franco Manca is clearly a neighborhood favorite and worth the trip south of the river.