The Best Pizza in Reading

Places like Reading are crying out for fresh casual dining hot spots, with simple but delicious menus. So when a cool new restaurant pops up, I get very excited. “Cool” is usually what happens in London, not in Reading.

Welcome to Franco Manca. Where no bookings are taken so just turn up when’s good for you; it’s first come, first served.

The Best Pizza in Reading

This place is gonna steal a pizza your heart…gotta love a ‘cheesy’ pun!

The Best Pizza in Reading

Avoiding the initial opening week, as I tend to find this is when the teething problems happen, plus as Franco Marco offered lots of free pizzas when opening we knew it would be rammed.

I’ve made up for this since though…we’ve eaten there three times in the last two weeks! You can easily get a pizza and a drink for just over £10, it’s very relaxed, no nonsense, the menu is simple and predominantly uses local and available produce only.

Proper Italian pizza is one of life’s greatest pleasures

Everyone loves pizza right? The soft chewy crust (cornicione), the little speckles of blast baked burned sourdough that sizzles with flavour, the gooey cheese and fresh tomato sauce…life changing. With only 6 pizzas to choose from, all freshly made to order, adaptable and with ‘special’ add-on ingredients there is something on the menu that everyone will like.

The Best Pizza in Reading

Vegetarian? No problem. Have an allergy? Also…no problem!

The Menu

Fresh, aromatic, creamy, truly spectacular. Pizza number 3 – Courgettes, basil, mozzarella, buffalo ricotta, Franco’s grana… finished with a refreshing sprinkling of mint leaves. I’m not usually so easily impressed with a pizza but as soon as I’d had my first bite I knew we’d be back.

The staff are all genuinely helpful, the service friendly and because the pizzas are baked so quick they fly over to the table within a few minutes.

The Best Pizza in Reading

Truly the greatest fast food on earth. The fresh lemonade is delicious but on a hot sunny day nothing beats an ice-cold lager.

The Best Pizza in Reading

Time for a coffee…

With just a little bit more energy left we headed over to our favourite speciality coffee shop, C.U.P.

Run by the loveliest and very charming Nasos and Maria, you can enjoy a real cup of coffee, or in our case a cold Freddo Cappuccino with a dash of cinnamon on top. If you love coffee but want something a little more thirst quenching then this is the drink for you…

The Best Pizza in Reading

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.



  1. 9th July 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Oh I love a good pizza and this one looks delicious! I have been gluten free for two years now and I miss pizza so much, GF versions aren’t quite the same!

  2. 9th July 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Oh that pizza looks so so good! I could eat a piece right now x

  3. 9th July 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Ooh Reading isn’t too far away for us and we are big pizza lovers in our house! We will have to take a look, as these look delicious x

  4. The Daisy Pages
    10th July 2017 / 4:32 pm

    We’re big pizza fans and looking at those pictures is making me hungry; the pizza just looks so good! We’ll be sure to try it out if we’re in the area 🙂

  5. Scandi Mummy
    10th July 2017 / 5:20 pm

    We’re not that far from Reading so will make a note of this for when we next visit. Looks delicious and gorgeous pictures. x

  6. 10th July 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Oh my gosh.
    I am officially starving now, their pizzas looks so so so good.

    I need one

  7. 10th July 2017 / 5:40 pm

    My favourite pizza is from Franco Manca! We’ve just got one in Richmond! X

    • hellocuppies
      10th July 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Ooh that’s handy to know! We occasionally go to Richmond. Such a pretty place x

  8. 10th July 2017 / 6:20 pm

    You’re right, Reading is crying out for some cooler places to hang out and enjoy a meal. The decor in this place looks very chilled and totally lends itself to the laidback vibe you describe. Plus anywhere that serves good craft beer is fine by me!

    • hellocuppies
      10th July 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Glad you agree 🙂 I love that it’s possible to go somewhere so chilled and quick at serving your food but not feel rushed or pressured to finish either.

  9. 13th July 2017 / 5:18 am

    We’re not too far from Reading, so if we’re around I’ll make sure to pop in as all of us are big pizza fans.

  10. 13th July 2017 / 7:27 am

    I used to live near Reading. Really want lemonade (and pizza) now you’ve mentioned it 🙂

  11. 13th July 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I love pizza and this one looks delicious. It’s nice to find new places to eat good food xx

  12. 6th August 2017 / 9:26 am

    The courgette pizza looks amazing and perfect for vegetarians, like me. It’s nice to see something different on the menu 🙂

    • hellocuppies
      6th August 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Isn’t it just! I’m veggie too and it’s nice to have more than just once choice!

  13. 7th August 2017 / 6:07 pm

    You literally can’t beat a good pizza! That looks amazing x

  14. Ky
    7th August 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I love pizza, and we actually have two Franco Mancas down here in Brighton, but I am yet to go!! I really need to fix this and get there asap. These pizzas look great.

    • hellocuppies
      8th August 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Lucky you having two!

  15. 23rd April 2018 / 6:27 pm

    The pizza looks delicious.

    • hellocuppies
      23rd April 2018 / 6:29 pm

      It was really lovely! We go there all the time now 🙂

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