Lina Stores

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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 St
Opening hours: 8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-5.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus

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Stephen F

One of my favourite places in London. It can be a bit of a pain in the arse when it's busy as there's not much room for humans amongst all the pasta, breads, piles of panettone, hanging hams and imported bits and bobs. Time it well though and you can peruse some really lovely produce to your heart's content. Buy a load, take it home and enjoy - it's really very good indeed. They do some cracking sandwiches, too. 


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.