Giuseppe Mascoli: Franco Manca owner and Market Row entrepreneur

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Interesting article in the Telegraph about a man who could perhaps be best described as the 'Don of Market Row'.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodandd...uth-Giuseppe-Mascoli-Brixtons-pizza-king.html
     
  2. grit

    grit an ugly force for good

    Best pizza I've had in London, and extremely cheap when compared with the alternatives.
     
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  3. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    An ex-gf of mine was one of his first waitresses, working there while learning to write. now i think shes a fairly successful writer. prolly best for this fella i dont post some of the drafts she sent me of her tales :D not quite along the lines of this puff piece anyway.
     
  4. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Puff is the word.
     
  5. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    Love it love it love it. Need pizza dinner there again soon :)
     
  6. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    It's very good, but it's not quite as otherwordly as some journos and bloggers have made it out to be.
     
  7. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    i always feel a kinda sense of pity for people who queue for a restaurant. particularly in brixton. not exactly a lack of other options.
     
  8. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Maybe other people have different or more discerning tastes than you? How about that?
     
  9. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    Possibly. Never really been a fan of a herd mentality though, but each to their own.

    Go four doors down and you'll get better food, but hey - i spose if theres a row of smug couples with McClaren prams wielding nigel slater guardian reviews freezing their nuts off, then the food must be fucking good. But what do I know. Are your tastes more discerning do you think?
     
  10. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Herd mentality? So because a restaurant serves good food the punters are following the herd?

    What are you smoking, and can I please have some?
     
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  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I'll say it again, Mascoli is the biggest driver of gentrification in Brixton.

    The queues are quick - and worth it, however.
     
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  12. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    'Wood-fired' pizzas my friend. Form an orderly queue.
     
  13. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Oh those. I've got those, but thanks.
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The pizzas really are fantastic but I've kinda reached the point where I don't want to feed the machine any more money. Not that they're going to miss my cash, mind.
     
  15. Chilavert

    Chilavert Undermining strikes :-(

    Really good pizzas, but I refuse to queue to sit in Market Row. Ideal for a weekday lunch if I'm off work though.
     
  16. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    ^^ This.
     
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  17. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I rarely bother with queues myself, but if it's worth it it's worth it. Can't remember the last time I queued anywhere in BV/MR tho - as Gabi said there's plenty down the road.
     
  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    This was first on the March thread. Here is my post from that thread about the article:

    There is something about the Telegraph article I do not like. Its not all the journalists fault. Unless the journo has misrepresented Giuseppe Mascoli. The article looks like its based on interview with him.



    Makes it sound like he is in charge of what happens in the market. If this is accurate portrayal of Mascoli and what he thinks of the market I find it unpleasant to read.

    Market Row never was purely Afro Caribbean. I really hope the journalist did not get that idea from Mascoli. Though it sounds like the journo did:

    I find that sentence inflammatory and offensive. As well as 100% wrong. There were units in the market with white tenants since I have been in Brixton.There has always been white people living in Brixton as well as Afro Carribean. Is it that the white people who have lived in Brixton all these years do no count as they are not thrusting entrepreneurs bringing culinary sophistication to Brixton?

    A lot of the cheaper shops were run by white people. Its the shops selling cheaper goods that have been gradually pushed out.

    Perhaps to downmarket to be noticed by the likes of entrepreneurs like Mascoli ?
     
  19. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    This is a good point: Mascoli seems to have a bit of a lock on that stretch of Market Row: Franco Manca, Bukowski's and Wild Caper, with his partner.

    Then there are the other two (?) Franco Mancas and his private member's club in Soho, Black's.

    The boy done good.
     
  20. fortyplus

    fortyplus smug git

    I used to like the calzone at the old Francos.
     
  21. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Oh those are his too? Didn't clock that.
     
  22. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    definitely a mark of the bourgeois cunt, a maclaren pram. :hmm:
     
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  23. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Mascoli did that too for the first few weeks. Then dropped it.
     
  24. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I think wealthy types moved on from Maclaren prams some time ago.
     
  25. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen Sparkly cat whisperer

    I really don't get the use of the word invade in the article. Is the writer trying to piss people off? If tongue in cheek then it's s justfucking poor.
     
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  26. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    yer, that's kind of the point i were making.
     
  27. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    sure. i never understand these face symbol things
     
  28. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    most of them signify sarcasm fwiw.
     
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  29. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    They do not push them the filipino does. I was over at Notting Hill a few weeks ago trying to deliver something. Had to wait. It was about 11.30am. The small street of terraced houses I noticed and the street seemed to be solely occupied by filipinos. Pushing prams, walking the dog, cleaning the windows and carrying the shopping.

    The wealthy do not do these chores unless they have to. :D:rolleyes:
     
  30. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Did that have some link with Eco on Clapham High Street (not specifically asking you, fortyplus, just generally!). Always thought they did.

    It always makes me laugh when someone refers to, as in this article, 'the best pizza in London' (or coffee, or fish and chips, or whatever). As if they've tasted every sample of the item in question available in London!

    Good comment at the end re the late lamented Castello in the Elephant - used to love that place.
     
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