[Greater Manchester, Trafford Centre] Franco Manca - lunch at the mall

Lunch at the mall, where your expectations are always going to be fairly low. It’s on the upper restaurant floor, not the ground floor food court area. The company established its first restaurant, in London, in 2008 and has had a rapid expansion across the country to now operate around 70 places. It’s owners, since 2015, also operate The Real Greek, which occupies the adjacent space at the mall.

The menu is mainly a short list of sourdough pizzas. No faux Italian naming here, just a number and a list of ingredients. And they seem to be quality ingredients, with the dough being made daily at the individual restaurants.

So, that’s a #5 - Organic tomato, garlic, oregano, capers from Salina,
Kalamata black olives, Cantabrian anchovies & mozzarella (menu description)

And a #7 - Lightly smoked beechwood spicy salami, organic tomato, mozzarella, caramelised red onions, homemade Franco’s chilli oil & fresh basil (menu description)

Both really tasty. No doubt the base was crisp when it left the oven but had, presumably, sat around for a while as it wasn’t when it reached us, nor was it more than lukewarm.

So, an OK lunch. But you can easily get better pizza in Greater Manchester, even in the mall.

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