Just look for the classic 1950s green façade and striped awnings to find Lina Stores, a long-time resident of Soho’s Brewer Street. Since opening its doors in 1944, this family-run business has been doing things the Italian way with its quality selection of pastas, delicatessen meats and cheeses, olive oils, fresh seasonal produce, and of course regional Italian wine. Famed food writer Jane Grigson used to buy her pasta here and its selection of fresh pasta including crab, aubergine and scamorza, and artichoke and truffle oil enjoy legendary status. Cakes and desserts are baked on site, including the Italian classic Torta Caprese (chocolate and almond cake), and the Italian pork sausages are also Lina Store’s own. In addition to the store, a small cafe menu is available offering a tantalising selection of cheeses and cured meats such as taleggio, pecorino brigante, parma ham and finocchiona. A perfect place to stock your larder and a true homage to all things Italian.
Address: 19 Brewer Street, London W1R 3FS
Tel: 0207 437 682
Opening hours: Everyday (Mon – Tue 08.30 – 19.30; Wed-Fri 08.30 – 20.30; Sat 10.00 – 19.30; Sunday 11.00-17.00)
Online store: Available