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Lina Stores

© Michelle Grant
Lina Stores

Behind the 1950s green ceramic Soho frontage is Lina Stores, an iconic family-run Italian deli that’s been in business for over half a century. Indeed, Jane Grigson used to buy spaghetti in blue wax paper here years before celebrity chefs coasted the streets on scooters.

Besides dried pastas (stored in beautiful wooden crates), there’s a deli counter chock-full of cured meats, hams, salamis, olives, cheeses, marinated artichokes and fresh pastas. Breads are outstanding and filled pastas are some of the best in London; artichoke and truffle or aubergine and scamorza can be recommended highly. Imported items run from breads to chestnut honey, and Lina is one of the best places to buy truffles in season. They also cater for parties. 


Venue name: Lina Stores
Address: 18 Brewer Street
Opening hours: Open 8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-5.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube

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Lina Stores on Brewer St is just how a good Italian deli should be.. it has that great familiar smell of cured meats and strong cheese. They stock all the classic sweet and savoury Italian treats i've loved since i can remember. They also sell a great Italian brand of peach iced-tea which beats Lipton by miles! - Esta The.


I used to consider this a great deli for good produce - until today (26/09/2012). The person serving me (young guy, brown hair with a slight curl) served me with complete indifference. I wanted for 150g of pancetta and was asked if 250g was okay (it was the last end bit). It wasn't so asked again for 150g. He then cut off a smaller amount. It wasn't until I got home I realised he gave me the end that was just fat and put the good bit back on display. Rip off and never again.