Lina Stores - 51 Greek Street 22

51 Greek Street , London, W1D 4EH

  • Lina Stores Italian food
  • Lina Stores pasta small plates

SquareMeal Review of Lina Stores - 51 Greek Street

Opened in 1944, Soho’s Lina Stores delicatessen has managed to survive the sky-high rents and glossy redevelopments that have claimed all too many of the area’s Italian old-timers. Now, it has produced a bambino: a debut pasta restaurant just a few minutes’ walk away on Greek Street. Here, the exterior proudly displays Lina’s signature green-and-white colour scheme, which is continued inside the tiny space. Try to bag a seat at the counter and watch the chefs at work; all pasta is made on site daily. Alternatively, if you’re hoping for a chat, head to the basement – don’t discuss anything confidential, mind, as tables are packed tuna-can tight.


Charming, attractive staff explain the menu of sharing antipasti and pasta dishes. We were impressed by the lusciously fatty strips of pork belly sandwiched between slices of crisp ciabatta, and also by a vegetarian take on meatballs that came stuffed with silky aubergine and tomato. The stars of the show, though, are the comforting plates of pasta. Don’t miss the gamey veal ravioli: tender chunks of veal wrapped in delicate pasta parcels, given crunch with a smattering of breadcrumbs. A plate of sticky green gnudi was also heavenly, the smooth ricotta and herb filling melting on the tongue. In comparison, dessert disappointed: an overcooked, dry slice of cherry and almond tart. Much better was a zesty cocktail of Blood Orange Bellini. Our advice? Skip dessert and order another plate of pasta – your dough will be well spent on Lina’s.


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Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 188m

Leicester Square Tube Station 350m

Address

Address: 51 Greek Street , London W1D 4EH

Area: Soho

Opening times

Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Prince Edward Theatre 54m

Old Compton Street 101m

Details

Telephone: 020 3929 0068

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Cuisine: Italian

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