Lisa's Pane di Casa

46 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Contact: Lisa Curry
Phone: (607) 753-0388
E-mail: breadofthehouse@hotmail.com

Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays 7 am - 6 pm; Sundays 8 am - 2 pm


Pane di Casa, Italian for "Bread of the house" introduces fresh baked goods to you and your familiy.

Just like baking a good loaf of bread, growing a business takes time, patience, and the right ingredients. Lisa's Panne di Casa (Bread of the House) has grown out of Lisa Curry's experiences at Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts in Providence, RI and her time selling bread at Cortland's Farmer's Market. Lisa says that Providence has lots of neat little places - bakeries, coffee shops, co-ops - and that these are part of her inspiration for her Panne di Casa.

Lisa, who moved to North Carolina after earning her Master's in teaching from SUNY Oswego, grew up in Central New York. North Carolina had plenty of jobs, but Lisa wanted to be closer to her family. When she moved to Cortland, she began selling bread at the Farmer's Market and supplying restaurants. The dream of operating her own bakery began to grow, but the biggest challenge proved to be finding a space of the right size. She searched Cortland and Dryden for a year before the space behind Barsoni's Pizza became available.

Lisa's patience and effort are paying off now in a big way: the wholesale aspect of the business has strong roots, while interest in their retail goods is growing. Everything, from bread to sweets to the soup of the day, is fresh and made from scratch. Lisa still sells at the Farmer's Market during the summer months as well as selling bread, scones, muffins, sandwiches, and Sunday specials from the store. Hairy Tony's and the Tuscan Grill, among others, purchase Lisa's bread wholesale. Stop by Lisa's Panne di Casa for a cookie or to place a special order for your next occasion.

Interview with Lisa Curry, April 4, 2007