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.