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Franco

(Muse) – Franco Manca, Brighton

I was in Brighton to attend the annual Chilli festival, met up with my daughter, her husband and some friends. While there was plenty of interesting food on offer at the festival, we decided to move on to Brighton’s famous ‘lanes’ for some lunch.

The consensus was a preference for Italian food and by chance we stumbled across Franco Manca.

The restaurant was busy downstairs, but we were seated promptly and our orders taken. There are seven pizzas on the menu, with further options on a blackboard, the ingredients – as far as possible – are said to be sourced locally.

I went for pizza five on the list, comprising ‘tomato, garlic, oregano, capers, olives, anchovies and mozzarella’ on a sourdough base’ accompanied by a bottle of ‘No Logo’ lager, brewed by Shepherd Neame in Faversham, Kent.

The pizzas arrived swiftly, and while the pizza crust was a little soggy both the pizza and the beer were very tasty.

The décor is the same ‘industrial chic’ that is fast becoming ubiquitous, Byron could move in without spending more than a few quid – other than the cost of replacing the rather impressive pizza oven.

Overall a very tasty, lunch, and well priced when compared to other, larger, pizza restaurant chains.

Rating: ★★★★★