The holiday season is upon us, YYC: Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. Hosting parties and social gatherings are some of the best ways to get together and celebrate these special days, but along with that comes planning, preparation, organizing and executing. You want to throw a party to remember, not just another mediocre Saturday night with the same prebought platter you saw last weekend. Keep it fresh and exciting this holiday season with Lina’s Italian Market & Cafe.

Serving Calgarians since 1993, this adorable market and cafe offer the true Italian experience right down the street. Located in the vibrant Tuxedo Park of Calgary’s northeast, Lina’s Italian Market provides meals, meats, cheeses, baked items and imported goodness with the help of loyal staff, some of who have been working there since the very beginning. Customers enjoy coffee, sandwiches and meal items in the bustling cappuccino bar while also perusing the grocery area with new delicacies and imported items easily accessible. 

With over 20 years of offering a truly authentic experience in an Italian-inspired community, Lina’s never fails to amaze us with their new creations, variety of products and exceptional staff. As establishment run with vigour and creativity, here’s everything you need to know about Lina’s:

The Market

Lina’s Italian Market is more than just a grocery store; it’s a collection of the finer things in life. A bakery, deli, produce section and specialty area with imported European goods make up a market like no other. The mouthwatering bakery serves up bread, pastries, cakes, pies and cookies made from scratch, so you can always enjoy something fresh and delicious. Simply walk into this market to breathe in the sweet aroma of fresh bread baking on the daily, whether you like rye, ciabatta, piccolini, Vienna buns, you name it. With imported European ingredients for the holidays and unique meats, cheeses and grocery items right on the shelves, why not try something new this season? Mousse, tarts, baba – the delicious sweet treats are never ending here. 

The Cafe 

Within Lina’s Italian Market, find their cozy cappuccino bar with breakfast, lunch, dinner and specialty items readily available. Try their avocado toast with plant-based sunflower bread, handmade pizza to-go or a chocolate-covered bombolini, fried sweet dough filled with smooth vanilla cream. If coffee’s your thing, this cafe is worth a stop. Brewing only the best they can find, stop by for a cup of deep, rich Illy Coffee. Once a month, a Chef’s Table dinner is prepared by the one-and-only Chef Manuel Panfili for you to fully experience an authentic Italian meal, using ingredients found right here in the market. 

Pizza

When it comes to ordering food, pizza is by far the most sought-after meal. Take-out, order in, pick up on the way – whatever way you want to eat it, Lina’s will provide you with hot pies ready to go. Paninis, 12-inch or by the pan, these mouthwatering creations will leave you wanting more, long after the last bite is gone. Choose the Salsiccia Bianca with caramelized onion and sausage or perhaps the olive artichoke with caprine and goat cheese. Lina’s 12-inch pizzas are not only delicately handcrafted with 100% Italian 00 flour and cooked to perfection, but combine the most unique ingredients to result in a surprisingly tasty pie. View Lina’s take-out & delivery menu here

Got the nighttime munchies? Head down to Pizzeria All’ Angolo located in the corner of the market serving up authentic Italian pizza with Italian flour, cheese, and meat nightly.

Catering

Lina’s catering menu includes all of your Italian favourites; pasta, lasagna, meat trays and bread are ready to go and be shared with your group. Providing services for lunch, dinner and dessert, Lina’s offers both pickup and delivery catering options – whatever suits your needs. Simply call in your order 48 hours+ before you need it and, boom,  your catered meal awaits. For more information on delivery, rates and placing your catering order, visit Lina’s website here.

With a bustling market, trendy cafe, handmade pizza and exceptional catering, Lina’s Italian Market really does have it all. ‘Wow’ your tastebuds with a traditional, handmade Sicilian cannoli or perhaps you try one of their newly imported deli meats. Whatever your preference and whenever your visit, Lina’s is here to help you explore the finer things in life.

Experience Italy this holiday season at Lina’s Italian Market & Cafe, whether in-store, take-out, catering or grabbing a quick cup of joe.  

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