Early reports are positive on AnDa Piroshki (pronounced “Ai da”), which sells stuffed Russian pastries out of a shared storefront in Bernal Heights. Started by former waitress Anna Tvelova, AnDa sells baked savory and sweet piroshki with traditional and new-world fillings. The business received early support from kitchen incubator La Cocina, where Anna teaches the occasional piroshki-making class.
cheesecakeking—who, despite the name, seems to be our resident expert on the local piroshki scene—declared that the search for a successor to House of Piroshki (which closed in the ’80s) joyfully ended with the advent of this newcomer.
After sampling the smoked salmon and cream cheese, potato and cheese, and mushroom and spinach varieties, cheesecakeking says, “My favorite is whichever one I’m eating at the time.”
“Smoked salmon and cream cheese piroshki is otherworldly. My eyes closed and my head tilted back. It was THAT good,” chimes in Eat.Choui. That sentiment was echoed by Malcolm Ruthven, who nonetheless wished that the cheese and potato version had a more pronounced cheese flavor.
AnDa Piroshki [Bernal Heights]
331 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco