Lina Stores, Soho’s famous 75-year-old Italian deli which last year opened a fresh pasta restaurant, has announced it will open a new, much bigger, site in Granary Square, King’s Cross this autumn.
As originally reported by the Evening Standard, the site — described as “one of King’s Cross’ last remaining heritage buildings” — will accommodate 100 covers; a significant expansion on Lina Store’s debut pasta restaurant on Greek Street in Soho, which opened in May last year.
New pasta dishes will include osso bucco ravioli with bone marrow butter and duck egg yolk and tagliolini with parmesan and fresh truffles. A short list of main courses will include beef cheeks in Barolo, plus seasonal fish, seafood, and “vegetarian options”. Desserts will include rum baba, torta Genoese, monte bianco, crostata di frutta, tiramisù, cannoli, torta Caprese, and home-made gelato.
The diversification and expansion of the Lina Stores brand has been facilitated by investment from Chris Miller’s White Rabbit Fund, which is also behind chef Andrew Wong’s Kym’s in the Bloomberg Arcade, as well modern Indian restaurant brand Kricket, and Island Poke, which recently expanded in Shoreditch.
The brand’s original founder, Lina, opened the deli on Brewer Street in 1944 — it has become a Soho institution, priding itself on “providing homesick Italians and in-the-know Londoners with the very best ingredients that Italy has to offer.” Lina Stores’ modern-day head chef, Masha Rener said in a statement shared with Eater today: “Over the course of its 75-year history, Lina Stores has become a beacon for Italian culinary culture in London and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
“It’s been a really exciting year opening our restaurant on Greek Street, uncovering traditional recipes found across Italy, as well as celebrating Lina’s age-old recipes and my own family’s. We’ll be adding even more to our menu in King’s Cross and I can’t wait to open our doors later this year.”