Brighton | Franco Manca at Brighton Marina

With Brighton’s growing food scene it is not a surprise that we are getting some top London exports. Last spring, we were buzzed to get a Franco Manca in the Lanes, Instagram was taken over with mouthwatering shots of Sourdough pizza’s and it was THE place to go.

A year later and our Franco Manca has sprouted a sibling at Brighton Marina. There’s been a major rejuvenation of the Marina in the last years, with a burst of great restaurants, and some not so great (I’m still not convinced we needed a second Las Iguanas or a third Bella Italia) and I have to say the Franco Manca is a welcome addition.

I personally don’t often go into Brighton to eat, we’ve become true ‘Hovites’ and spend most of our lives in one of the local pub gardens, all of which serve great grub. But Joe and I often go to the cinema at the Marina and make a bit of a day of it by going for a walk and grabbing some food.

We were invited to down to try the new restaurant, which in case you are wondering, is located on the Boardwalk, giving it the bonus of a fantastic view and making it the perfect people watching spot. There is the option to sit outside, but the weather wasn’t on our side during our visit, instead we took up a table at the window at the front.

The decor is the same style as the other restaurant, but I like the consistency and the style in general, the vintage mix and match tiles are a dream. I will say that the Marina Franco Manca is more airy, and spacious while keeping that homely feel.

The staff are super attentive, coming up straight away to get our drinks. They don’t serve labeled beers or cider so Joe got the no logo larger, and I got a small glass of their Rose and an organic lemonade.

To start we got a platter of cured meat, served with rocket, parmigiano reggiano and fresh bread, which was lovely and surprisingly light, which was good as the pizzas are always really filling.

The Pizza menu consists of 6 standard sourdough pizza, with a meat and a veggie special on the board. Although, this seems like a small offering, I really do prefer going somewhere that has a few small dishes that they do well. Who needs the stress of trying to choose a pizza from 15 possibilities?

Joe (AKA the pizza fiend) ordered the tomato, mozzarella and basil adding the chorizo and I went for the Gloucester Old Spot Ham, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta and wild mushroom pizza, with a little bit of tomato.

The pizzas that come are a good size, not ridiculously big as some can be, and the base is great – often the main culprit in pizzas attack on my stomach, but sourdough seems to be my friend. The toppings are generous, without over loading the pizza. I like the fact that you can get a white and creamy pizza sauce if you are tired of the standard tomato too.

The pricing is very reasonable, so perfect for a quick lunch or pre-movie dinner. Not to mention on the second Tuesday of the month they actually hold a Pizza making class, for just £20, which I’m actually going to this week so will let you know how it goes.

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