Harden's survey result
“A tiny restaurant with a big heart… and wonderful pasta” – the “transition from great Italian deli to restaurant is a big success” at this landmark, 75-year-old Soho store, which morphed last year from pure retail to providing an “excellent, counter-dining experience at moderate prices” nearby. “If you love pasta, this is the place to go” – “delicately silky, with the most fantastic sauces” – and it’s “a brilliant stop-off before film, theatre etc”. It’s not going to take 75 years to turn this rip-roaring success into a chain, though: branch no. 2 opens in the second half of 2019 in one of King’s Cross’s ‘heritage buildings’ and will be ‘an 100-cover outfit decorated in the same pale green-and white-stripes that diners in Soho have come to know’.
“For what it is, this small spin-off from the well-known Italian deli is a great way to dine casually, including at the bar” – Soho institution, Lina Stores (est 1944) has opened this nearby, snappily decorated, no-reservations pit-stop, with a 12-seater kitchen counter and 50 covers over two floors. Early reports praise its “exceptional, cheap ’n’ cheerful food” – the pasta is the star – and to say that the newspaper reviewers have gushed would be an understatement.
Lina Stores Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Lovely short menu of antipasti and pasta dishes where everything is top quality - we nearly did not have the papardelle al ragu but luckily we were advised (correctly) that this was a mistake! Small plates but big flavour that leaves you very replete."
"If you don't mind the crazy crowded atmosphere, if you don't mind the stroppy maitre d' who cannot understand how their computer lost your booking, you can enjoy some fine food. Sharing plates but better tham most purveyors."
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|