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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Pete's Pies Are Here

MTBesides delicious pies, Stolle has both smoking and nonsmoking areas.
Stolle, a St. Petersburg chain of pie cafes, could not have chosen a more suitable address for its first foray into the Moscow market -- Malaya Pirogovskaya Ulitsa translates as "little pie street."

In any case, Stolle should have no need for a catchy address, as the chain has achieved near cult status in the northern capital. The key to its popularity is the high-quality, traditional Russian pies -- said to be made according to pre-revolutionary recipes -- served fresh, at bargain prices.

The new cafe's humble interior invokes a turn-of-the-last-century atmosphere, with dark-wood furniture and period cityscape photographs around the walls. It has two spacious halls -- one smoking and one nonsmoking. Greeting guests directly opposite the entrance is a serving table with all manner of freshly baked pies on display. Visitors can peruse the selection and choose what takes their fancy or simply take a seat and order from the menu. Takeout and delivery options are also available.

The range of pies is impressive, numbering at well over a dozen options, including plenty of seasonal options. Autumn's specials list includes strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, plum and cherry, all 400 rubles per kilogram, or slices by weight.

Other savory options include Norwegian salmon and fish-belly pie (68 rubles for 125 grams, 136 rubles for 250 grams), rabbit and mushroom (60/120 rubles), mushroom (55/110 rubles) and cabbage (33/66 rubles). There is a range of other dishes on the menu, but the real draw here is the pies.

As should be expected in a traditional Russian pie shop, there is a wide selection of teas (50 rubles a cup, 100 rubles per 400-milliliter pot). Beer is bottled only, but well chosen -- Miller (330 milliliters, 80 rubles), Krusovice light and dark (a half-liter bottle, 130 rubles), Baltika No. 6 porter (half-liter, 60 rubles) and No. 8 unfiltered (half-liter, 60 rubles).

16 Malaya Pirogovskaya Ul., 246-0589/32, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., M. Sportivnaya, www.stolle.ru.