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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2008, 04:27:43 AM »
Hi Mike,

It is just ground peeled tomatoes and a pinch of salt, nothing else. We have a laser gun that measure up to 540 degree celsius and the gun can only indicate HI when we are serving pizza....  The dough ball are approx 250g but cannot be so sure as we form them by feel.

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2008, 12:32:32 PM »
Marco:

Are the tomatoes passed through a food mill or are they just crushed by hand or with a blender for a short period of time?


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2008, 07:10:24 PM »
Just crushed, not with a food mill.


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2008, 08:23:06 AM »
Marco,


Thanks for the info.

540 C...that's a little more than a 1000 F! I don't know if I can generate that kind of heat with my LBE.

In regards to the weight, 250 gr. is that for a 12"? What weight would you recommend for a 14" pizza, made from Caputo 00 and 25% KABF?

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2008, 08:24:09 AM »
Marco,,
one last question.
are the tomatoes crushed by hand? or they pre-ground from the can?


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2008, 08:40:50 AM »
Essen, I am sure someone on the tecnical threads by Pizza Type can answer your question on your dough weight issue.

The pizzas are more like 13 inches (The plates are 38cm).

ebpizza,

Peeled tomatoes from the can, crushed quickly with a stick blender in a container.

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2008, 02:05:15 PM »
Hi Marco,

The pizzas look fantastic !  I have sent a copy of the review (and address) to friends of mine in London. I await their report.

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2008, 11:50:54 PM »
Looks like you got the cheese issue sorted out.  Nice work Marco!

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2008, 11:55:31 AM »
Looks like you got the cheese issue sorted out.  Nice work Marco!

Thanks Scott,

The cheese is getting better, much, much better then the one in the early pictures, however it still doesn't melt like I would like.


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2008, 07:54:43 PM »
Marco,  real nice looking pie.  The crust is amazing looking.  A couple questions for you,  I am just curious,  but why is all the cheese mostly in the middle?  is that your preference,  or does it have more to do with the melt?  Also it looks like you bake the pizza with the basil on it as opposed to putting it on after.  Is that to release more flavor because the bake time is so short?  Finally,  I know that you said the flour is an italian stone groung organic type.  Is it also a 00 flour? thanks -marc

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2008, 10:49:14 PM »
Quick note that I did go there.  Asked for you Marco but they said you were out enjoying sunshine some place :).  Seriously, they said you were out.  We had great food there and I took some pics.  Will upload them later and post more details....

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2008, 12:57:33 AM »
Marco,  real nice looking pie.  The crust is amazing looking.  A couple questions for you,  I am just curious,  but why is all the cheese mostly in the middle?  is that your preference,  or does it have more to do with the melt?  Also it looks like you bake the pizza with the basil on it as opposed to putting it on after.  Is that to release more flavor because the bake time is so short?  Finally,  I know that you said the flour is an italian stone groung organic type.  Is it also a 00 flour? thanks -marc

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2008, 05:31:51 AM »
Hi,

I do not normally pay to much attention on where the cheese goes, nor does the majority of neapolitan pizzamkers: I grab some and throw it on the pizza and when it melts it usually gets almost everywhere, but yes I could pay more attention to this detail.

For the pizza napoletana the basil should always go in when baking. Some add more once out of the oven.

The flour is like a mixture of 0 and 00 (the difference is the refinement/ impurity level, not the strenght of the same flour).

Amir,

I am glad you went, but as I said early, I am only there on Saturday and even then, not always...

I hope you had an overall good experience and that the product met your expectation and the highest standard we keep on Saturdays.


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2008, 06:03:37 AM »
Another good review, this time on a free newspaper which is distributed on the London Transport Network and read by few million people...

http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/food/article.html?in_article_id=146260&in_page_id=26

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2008, 09:01:41 AM »
Another good review, this time on a free newspaper which is distributed on the London Transport Network and read by few million people...

http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/food/article.html?in_article_id=146260&in_page_id=26

Brilliant! Congratulations on the praise, marco - 'Indiana Jones of criscito'.  :)



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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2008, 11:26:27 AM »
What a great review. Franco Manca," Franco's not here ". I love it ;D!

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2008, 11:48:00 AM »
Marco,

I'll be out there in June, and will make this a "must" stop...great review!  Are you there at all so I'll get a chance to meet up with you in person?

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #42 on: May 08, 2008, 03:32:16 AM »
Marco,

I'll be out there in June, and will make this a "must" stop...great review!  Are you there at all so I'll get a chance to meet up with you in person?

Dan

Dan,

I am there most saturdays, however I will be travelling in June for a different consultancy project. I am not sure yet as we are waiting confirmation of equipment (Forno Napoletano's oven, mixer, etc..) arrival on site.

Let me know exactly when you think you will be there by PM.

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2008, 10:25:05 AM »
Hi Marco,

I've been following this thread with great interest as it is one of the few threads (are there any others?) about Pizza in the UK.

Would it be cheeky for me to ask what brand tomatoes you use, I have been unable to locate any of the brands recommended on this forum (e.g. 6in1) in the UK.

Many thanks

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2008, 12:06:39 PM »
Ian,

The tomatoes we use are directly sourced from Italy so not ready available in UK.

If you are an home user, you should be able to find Cirio Peeled Tomotes at Morrisons (ex Safeway).

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2008, 06:53:06 AM »
I am a home user and have found the Cirio to be the best in a taste test.

I have contacted an Italian deli and they can import tinned tomatoes for me, are there any brands you can recommend?

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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2008, 12:59:51 AM »
I think echlon is a good brand too
But its almost tomato season thats the most
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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #47 on: June 09, 2008, 07:35:43 AM »
I have found the comparison to Lombardi to be very funny  :-D

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/520518#3744248


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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #48 on: June 21, 2008, 11:06:45 AM »
Hi all,

Was in London recently and stopped in at Franco Manca...for a town where great pie is usually referring to "kidney and ale", it was great to have something so Neapolitan in London...first off, the trek down to Brixton from city center takes about 20 minutes...Brixton is a funky enclave of international food markets, reggae music, and ...wigs!?#@  Didn't seem very safe, but we were fine since the pizzeria is open during the daytime.

The crust is the sure star here...a real standout I'd place on par with the best of Naples (Da Michele).  The only weak link I could find has already been discussed here, the cheese.  I was really craving a nice mozzarella di buffala on that crust. But alas, it is a local supplier of fiore di latte.  It wasn't bad by any means, it did have a nice taste, just that with the crust bursting with flavor, the cheese didn't compliment as it should have.  The texture was sort of "globby" if thats a word.  Also something a litlle different from the traditional Naples pie, was the smathering of oregano on the pie.

All in all, this is must stop for anyone visiting London who craves pizza Neapolitano.  The menu is small but everything on it is prepared using organic, fresh ingredients...even the beer is organic (and quite good).  I spoke with the owner, Giuseppe, who is quite proud of the operation, and he should be.  Marco, you've done a great job here, and the crust is turning me green with envy.  Looks like I need to get back to the drawing board on mine...hmmmmm  I'll be returning to Franco Manca.

Dan
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Re: Franco Manca Pizza - Brixton Market - London UK
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2008, 01:00:42 PM »
Thanks Dan,

I am glad you liked it.

Here is one picture I have found on the net today, with the waiting staff and at the back, attending the oven a special pizzaiolo ;-)