Franco Manca Bath's Opening Party

When Franco Manca opened earlier this year, it seemed that everyone in Bath was excited about it. The reason? Authentic neapolitan, sourdough pizzas for a very reasonable price as well as wine, beer, burrata... you get the gist.

We were lucky enough to get invited to their Opening Party a few weeks later. Here's what we got up to.

First up: starters and lots of aperol spritz

The burrata with sourdough bread and sundried tomatoes was incredible - so creamy. If you're not sure what burrata is, it's basically like a creamier (more heavenly) version of mozzarella.

The cured meats were perfectly fresh.

The aperol spritz' were amazing. It's a traditional Italian aperitif made from aperol liquer, soda water and proseco. Dream.

Next up: a pizza making tutorial followed by trying to create the pizzas ourselves 

All of Franco Manca's pizzas are created using a sourdough base. Much easier on the stomach and yummier. The dough is always given the proper amount of time to rise so that it doesn't continue rising in your stomach and result in a pizza baby.

Unfortunately I don't think we will be becoming pizzaioli any time soon. Our pizzas had wayyy too much garlic on them. I guess all the alcohol made us rather generous on the toppings 🤔 but it was super fun to get behind the counter and try it out ourselves. I think we'll leave it to the professionals next time.

Last up: wine tasting and the opportunity to speak to Franco Manca's founder about the most important thing in life - pizza

What's great about Franco Manca is that it has such an unpretentious, relaxed dining atmosphere yet it has a lot of great wines to choose from. They've also got their own 'no logo' beers and ciders which are great value for money. Although our personal favourite will always be the famous aperol spritz.

When we got speaking to Franco Manca's founder, Giuseppe Mascoli, he told us about the history of Franco Manca. In 1983, Francos was a pizzeria in Brixton Market owned by a guy called Franco (fancy that). By 2008, Franco didn't want to continue his business, and so he asked his friend Giuseppe to take over. When they did, they named it Franco Manca - in Italian, "Franco is missing"!

We honestly absolutely loved the opening party - thank you so much for inviting us, Franco Manca Bath! We have been back several times already.

We would 100% recommend Franco Manca to anyone who loves pizza or loves the fact that for £6.95 students can get a pizza and a drink via Uni Days - link here.

Although it's a chain, it's our favourite pizzeria in Bath - the pizza is incredible 🍕.

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to Franco Manca Bath's opening party. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way. This review was originally posted on our instagram page in May 2018 and has been adapted for the site.