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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “delicious sourdough bases”, and its “excellent choice of toppings with regularly changing specials” from “well-sourced ingredients”, these “buzzing” cafés are still seen as “a refreshing angle on the pizza theme” and – if “nothing special”“pretty decent and fairly priced”. Those questioning “what the fuss is about” are growing in number though, as its ratings head south into PizzaExpress territory. (In April 2023, the Fulham Shore owners of the group were sold to Japanese investors, Toridoll Holdings, making its future direction hard to call.)

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A safe option each time, every time”“they have got the pizza formula spot-on” at this stormingly good chain, which has grown remorselessly throughout recent times on the back of its “enjoyable” offering of “chewy” sourdough pizzas (“I go simple, but they have a good choice of interesting toppings”); plus “a small selection of beers and pluggable Italian wines”. Perhaps some small competitors “do pizza better these days”, but – “despite expansion” – these simply decorated, upbeat venues are “hard to improve on”: “the food tastes fresh and unprocessed”, “they turn around the orders quickly” and “are friendly to boot”. And prices are “very competitive” too (“I am constantly amazed by how they can produce such a good product at such a low price”). “There are never leftovers here. You have to remind yourself just how far things have moved on occasionally... and these places do that”.

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£38
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly grown very quickly from a small Brixton pizza joint to a national chain” – this 50-plus strong chain has emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever (revenues post-lockdown up since 2019), snapping up recently vacated sites left, right and centre (most of the growth is outside the capital, with about seven new branches planned for the coming year). Their success? “They have still kept the original ethos: simple, authentic sourdough pizzas served quickly with no-label wines”, and it’s “superb value”. Fans feel “it’s so reliable, it's taken the PizzaExpress crown!”… which seems reasonable as Fulham Shore, who own Franco Manca, is run by David Page, who was CEO of PizzaExpress in the 1990s.

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£35
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of the victors in the casual dining downturn: this mushrooming multiple has become the survey’s most-mentioned pizza chain – “it beats PizzaExpress hands down” nowadays (of which owner David Page was once CEO) thanks to pizza that’s “so much more tasty” than PE’s, with “gorgeous sourdough bases” and “excellent toppings” and “all for a very reasonable price”, so no-one minds the “cheap ’n’ cheerful” style of its “loud, very busy and noisy” branches.

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Reviews of Franco Manca Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Franco Manca restaurant.
Ian C
Disappoingly underseasoned and soggy pizza ...
Reviewed 6 months, 29 days ago

"Disappoingly underseasoned and soggy pizza base. How are the mighty fallen."

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