Franco Manca Oxford REVIEW
Oxford is the latest city to be blessed with a shiny new Franco Manca restaurant. If you have not heard of Franco Manca yet, then you are in for a treat. If you have heard of Franco Manca and have already been lucky enough to dine there, I know that you are head-over-heels anyway.
Franca Manca appeals for two reasons – it is affordable, but most importantly, it is delicious. The restaurant offers a menu with a choice of seven sourdough pizzas, a selection of starters, a variety of organic drinks and some tempting desserts. Have no fear though, as the seven pizzas are customisable with a selection of additional ingredients and a specials board for meat eaters and vegetarians.
These sourdough pizzas are made in store, in a smoking wood burning oven, allowing for a soft and fluffy crust (known as the cornicione) which can be accompanied with a selection of dips – we had the stilton which was a wonderfully tangy experience.
My initial thoughts when entering the Franco Manca, Oxford branch were how welcoming, friendly and attentive the staff were, it is truly refreshing and a lovely atmosphere.
The restaurant interior is beautifully decorated, with a rustic yet stylish edge. Expect mirrored back walls, mosaic floors, lights in pendant holders, marble-esque topped tables and 1950-60’s classroom-inspired chairs to compliment – the wood burning oven placed lovingly in the right-hand corner.
So, what did I think of Franco Manca in Oxford?
We took our seat knowing full well what we would be having. A number three for myself (courgettes, basil, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, franco and cantarelli grana – without tomato) and a number seven for my partner (spicy lamb sausage, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, yellow piennolo tomato and fresh basil – he added the tomato sauce as an extra).
The pizzas are simply delicious, with super fresh ingredients, a smoked and blistered base, and the fluffiest of crusts – it’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die. Franco Manca is sublime, the pizzas are ginormous (I am yet to finish one yet) and the delivery is super speedy.
It is the perfect place for a lunchtime treat, a more affordable date night or to head to with friends. Even my skeptic Italian friend was delighted – and she is a difficult little lady to please when it comes to ‘Italian’ dining.
If you are looking for an as close as you can get to authentic Italian pizza experience in the UK, Franco Manca is the place to head. I cannot impress enough the quality and affordability of this wonderful chain restaurant.
Unfortunately, we were far too full to comment on the desserts. They look delicious but you will have to sample these yourself and revert back to me!
Have you been to Franco Manca? Which pizza takes your fancy?
This meal was exchanged for an honest review