My housemate raves about Franco Manca, and I’m pretty sure he goes almost every week! Seriously. We’ve got one just down the road from our flat, but whenever we go out for food we always tend to travel that extra bit further to make it worth it, so in the 10 months we’d been at our flat, we still hadn’t tried the floury sourdough pizza at Franco Manca.

After one of the weekend Arsenal home games the boys went to watch, they decided it’d be nice to join us girls for some food and a group catch-up. Awwww right? The boys wanting to go somewhere close to our flat to make it easier, we decided to finally give Franco Manca a whirl.
Arriving at about 3pm, we were sat straight away, with a great view of the open kitchen so we could watch a piz-za the action…
Franco Manca Belsize Park
After pondering the specials board and menu – there’s only a limited number of options, but usually something to please all, I mean even Alex found something he’d like and he normally just has a pizza loaded with meat – we all decided reasonably quickly. I even surprised Alex with how speedy my decision was.
We decided to stick to the free filtered water this time, so that we could pop to a pub before departing after. Great choice, but the drinks menu did look good with quite a few options at reasonable prices.
Food didn’t take long at all. I was actually quite surprised considering we could see them being made fresh in front of us. I was more than prepared to wait for fresh food!
After catching up about all sorts – I realised we hadn’t been together as a group in SO long – we were soon tucking into our individual pizzas.
Franco Manca Belsize Park
Alex and I both went for the farmhouse style pizza – ham, ricotta and mushroom, but Alex replaced the mushroom with pancetta from the specials board. The pizza came with little tomato, and it appeared Alex’s had less than mine, which had to be the only downside, as they were absolutely delicious. The sourdough base flavoursome and soft, but just crisp enough in all the right places – Alex doesn’t usually eat the crusts, but dipped in a little chilli oil I spotted that he was soon getting through his. The ricotta added a rich and creamy element to the pizza, making it feel all the more indulgent, and there was plenty of ham and mushroom too (or in Alex’s case, pancetta).
Franco Manca Belsize Park
Lucy had the chorizo pizza, which looked just as good. With thin slices of chorizo covering her pizza, it was definitely one for a meat lover. Josh had a margarita pizza with added mushroom (he’s a vegetarian), and that looked super yummy too. With plenty of tomato sauce, it looked like it hit the spot – his plate was soon spotless! Lucy also ordered a side of black olives which tasted fresh, oily and delicious.
We finished up, and continued to gossip and catch up about the goings on before paying up and heading to the pub. At under £8 each, it was a bargain for a sit down meal! Even with service on top, it was still really reasonable, and for such delicious pizza too.
With Franco Manca so close, I’m sure we will end up heading back now we’ve had our eyes opened to how good it is. If you haven’t been yet, you really should give it a whirl – you won’t want a normal pizza again after trying the sourdough base!
Have you got a favourite place for pizza?
Chloe xx