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History

Leningrad Phenomenon

Pyshka is a Leningrad invention born in Soviet public catering. The spun cake is cooked in a large amount of oil. And the hole in the middle is needed to fry better. This invention of Soviet catering made the pyshka famous throughout the country

Historic building of the XVIII century

The pyshka bakery is located in the building of the French-German Church of St. Paul, built in 1772. Retaining its Italian features, this old building has become an inseparable part of Leningrad's history

From "Zolotoy Kolosok" to "Zhelyabova 25"

In Soviet times, the street, on which the institution is located, was named differently - in honor of the revolutionary A. I. Zhelyabov. The pyshka bakery itself was also called differently: in 1950s - "Zolotoy Kolosok", until December 1990 - "Trust of Canteens of Kuibyshevsky District" or Canteen No. 6, from December 1990 to July 1992 - cafe "Chas Pick".

Since 1992 and to this day it has been registered as "Zhelyabova 25". When asked where to find it, St. Petersburg residents will say: "Pyshka on Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street".

Over the decades, the interiors have changed more than once. For example, after Lentorgstroy's renovation in 1967, fairy-tale motifs were painted on the walls of the establishment, and there were two halls: one was a cutlet shop and the other was a сrumpet house.

From "Zolotoy Kolosok" to "Zhelyabova 25"

In Soviet times, the street, on which the institution is located, was named differently - in honor of the revolutionary A. I. Zhelyabov. The pyshka bakery itself was also called differently: in 1950s - "Zolotoy Kolosok", until December 1990 - "Trust of Canteens of Kuibyshevsky District" or Canteen No. 6, from December 1990 to July 1992 - cafe "Chas Pick".

Since 1992 and to this day it has been registered as "Zhelyabova 25". When asked where to find it, St. Petersburg residents will say: "Pyshka on Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street".

Over the decades, the interiors have changed more than once. For example, after Lentorgstroy's renovation in 1967, fairy-tale motifs were painted on the walls of the establishment, and there were two halls: one was a cutlet shop and the other was a сrumpet house.

Staying true to tradition

For more than 65 years we start every day with the care of our beautiful pyshka. At 7 a.m. we start kneading the dough, then let it rest so the future pyshka will be light and fluffy.. At 8:40, the first batch begins baking - 50 pieces in 10 minutes. A secret machine, old and reliable, fills the room with the aroma of fresh pyshka.

The recipe of pyshka is our honor and secret. Each puffin is topped with a generous portion of powdered sugar (about 4 grams per piece).

Coffee with condensed milk is also prepared in a special way by pouring the hot drink into boiling tanks. It is called "barrel coffee" because of the use of such containers. This coffee is delivered to buffets with special buckets. Hence, another folk name - "bucket" coffee.

Among other traditions from Soviet times is cut paper on each table. There are napkins too, but, as visitors say, it is not as convenient to take pyshka with them as with wrapping paper.

Famous Visitors

Many citizens of Saint Petersburg have a habit of stopping by the pyshka house. Among them there are quite a few famous personalities. Thus, on Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street, 25 you can meet Mikhail Boyarsky, his wife Larisa Lupian and their daughter Elizaveta.

Singer Eduard Khil, theater and film actor Yuri Galtsev, Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin have also visited this place. TV presenter Ivan Urgant filmed a program with prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater Ulyana Lopatkina here, and Leonid Kanevsky (the smuggler from "The Diamond Hand") made an episode of the TV series "Investigation led by ZnaToKi", which was watched by the whole USSR.

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