Enjoying sourdough pizza at Franco Manca Oxford ūüćē

Franco Manca, Oxford pizza and review

Franco Manca Oxford REVIEW

Oxford is the latest city to be blessed with a shiny new Franco Manca restaurant. If you’ve not heard of Franco Manca yet, then you’re in for a treat. If you’ve already been lucky enough to dine there, I know you’re head-over-heels anyway.

Franca Manca appeals for two reasons. Firstly, it’s affordable. Most importantly, it’s delicious. The menu offers a choice of seven sourdough pizzas. As well as a selection of starters, organic drinks and tempting desserts. Have no fear though, 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. This allows for a soft and fluffy crust (known as the cornicione) which can be accompanied with a selection of dips. We had the stilton. it was a wonderfully tangy experience.

My initial thoughts when entering Franco Manca Oxford was how welcoming, friendly and attentive the staff were. It’s truly refreshing and had 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 is placed lovingly in the right-hand corner.¬†

Franco Manca, Oxford exterior and review

So, what did I think?

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 Рwithout tomato) and a number seven for my partner (spicy lamb sausage, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, yellow piennolo tomato and fresh basil Рhe 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 sceptic Italian friend was delighted –¬†and she is a difficult little lady to please when it comes to ‘Italian’ dining. ¬†

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian pizza experience in the UK, Franco Manca’s the place to be. Expect quality and affordability at 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!

Take a peek at the Franco Manca menu. In addition, they offer a takeaway service for those on the go Рyou can even order online! 

Have you been to Franco Manca? Which pizza takes your fancy?

Stephanie xox

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This meal was exchanged for an honest review

How to make a homemade skinny pizza ūüćē

How to make a homemade skinny pizza

Your new go to homemade skinny pizza recipe

The skinny pizza is a low-fat, healthy and delicious alternative to the usual cheese and dough loaded affair. The best thing? It’s made with just a few simple ingredients!

Initially, you’ll want to gather the following from your kitchen:

  • White or whole grain tortilla (depending on your preference)
  • Tomato pur√©e
  • Low-fat soft cream cheese
  • Your choice of toppings (I opt for vegetarian but the possibilities are endless, do feel free to get creative)

Once, you’ve got your ingredients, it’s time to start creating!

  1. Firstly, place your tortilla on a baking tray and smooth over a tablespoon of purée and follow with the cream cheese. Spread these evenly.
  2. Secondly, add your toppings as desired. If you are using meats, then be sure to have them cooked if required beforehand Рvegetarian skinny pizza gets my vote every time. 
  3. Thirdly, it’s time to simply pop your pizza into your preheated oven at 200 degrees for a couple of minutes.

Voila, you have created a homemade skinny pizza! This low calorie pizza is not only swiftly made but surprisingly filling. Additionally, there’s no guilt if you eat the entire thing at lunchtime!

What do you think of this healthier alternative to traditional pizza? Would you try it?

Stephanie xox

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