Photography courtesy Lina's Italian Market
Specialty grocery chain Lina’s Italian Market has opened the doors to its fourth location in Calgary. The 15,000-sq.-ft. store, called Lina’s Italian Piazza, is located in Atlantic Avenue Art Block Building in the city’s vibrant, historic Inglewood neighbourhood.
The store features a wide range of imported Italian groceries, an artisanal bakery, gelato, and fresh grab-and-go meals, a LavAzza Organic Tierra Café and a pizzeria. There’s also a full-service restaurant called Sapore, where diners can enjoy antipasti, pasta, secondi and sides, as well as breakfast and brunch items. The new location also features a prosciutto bar sponsored by Italian brand Leoncini, and offers catering services for all occasions.
“[The Lina’s concept] is not traditional grocery,” says Matthew Rai, general manager of Lina’s Italian Market. “We’re entertainment. When you come into the store, you get the smells, the sounds, and the hustle and bustle of a busy market. On the weekends, the music is turned up, people are chatting, and the restaurants are full. So, we really cater to everyone and all walks of life.”