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Shop: Lina Stores

by Krista

Lina_storesLina Stores
18 Brewer Street
Tel: 020 7437 6482

Date of Last Visit: Friday, June 13

The Victim: Me

The Damage: £15

The Background: I love London. I love my blog. I love the people who read my blog in and out of London. I love when I have no plans and all of  a sudden, a plan presents itself at the perfect time and the perfect place.

Scott in Tasmania read my Fernandez & Wells post on Friday and left a comment…"Have you gone to see Tony at Lina Stores, down the road in Brewer Street?" Why no, I haven’t! But it sure sounds like I should! So I did.


The Entrance: Lina’s is packed with pasta and vegetables and more pasta and cheese and meats and olive oils and vinegars. It is happy chaos and I fall in love. There’s home made raviolis on the counter so I order some artichoke and some spinach. (If you know the difference between ravioli and tortellioni, let me know.)

The young man serving me talks me into the pesto and the parmasean to go along with it and he is very wise. I don’t know anything about sports, but Italy seemed to be playing while I was there so you can imagine three generations of Italians yelling at the TV while they are packing up my ravioli.


The Verdict: I buy four portions of ravioli and eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next few days. I’m serious. I’ll be back many times.

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Scott in Tasmania June 19, 2008 - 7:59 am

Thought you’d dig it.

Robert McIntosh June 19, 2008 - 10:32 am

that’s a good question: I think you’ll find that Ravioli tend to start square/rectangular, and have two pieces of pasta to cover the filling, whilst tortelloni/tortellini start round and are either folded into a half moon, or then made into a ring.

I don’t think this is a hard and fast rule though

A small difference, but most of this is about aesthetics rather than any ‘real’ difference

Niamh June 19, 2008 - 2:55 pm

It’s a wonderful shop! I honestly think it was instrumental in me moving to London. I happened upon it years ago on a weekend trip here and fell in love with it. I moved a year later 🙂

Ok, I am exaggerating but it is a wonderful shop.

Lizzie June 23, 2008 - 11:27 am

I will most certainly be visiting – how have I missed this place before?

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