Franco Manca collaborates with renowned Italian chef on special menu addition

Aflonso Marseglia

Sourdough pizza chain Franco Manca has collaborated with renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzei to create a special addition pizza for its menu.

The ‘No.8’ is inspired by the colours of the Italian flag and topped with British mozzarella, Colston Bassett stilton, wilted spinach and roasted hazelnuts, dressed with honey and nduja.

Franco Manco said the pizza will be available at its sites for the next three months.

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Mr Mazzei spent the early part of his career working in major cities such as Rome and London before going on to open restaurants in the likes of Edinburgh, Milan, and Bangkok.

In 2008, Francesco went on to open his first restaurant in London, L’Anima, with a menu inspired by traditional cooking from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia.

He has also been chef patron at Sartoria in Mayfair since 2015 as well as Radici, a neighbourhood trattoria in Islington, and Fiume, a riverside restaurant in Battersea.

He has since gone on to release his own cookbook titled Mezzogiorno: Francesco Mazzei Recipes from Southern Italy and regularly featured on BBC shows including Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef, The James Martin Show and the Italian version of Hell’s Kitchen.

Aflonso Marseglia, executive chef at Franco Manca, said: “Working with Francesco to create our new No.8 menu option has been a dream come true.

“Francesco’s talent and history within the culinary industry speaks for itself and his delicious new creation is likely to be a favourite amongst our customers.”

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