Pie’s On opens breakfast bistro, store
When John Landi completed his expansion of Pie’s On Pizzeria, he had a prime real estate corner available at Pine and Front streets, Catasauqua. Landi looked into a host of options before turning to the safest choice. Running a successful business is tough work. He did not need a new set of problems.
John talked to his son about the opportunity of having a breakfast venue in the borough.
Pie’s On Breakfast Bistro and Market had a soft opening June 17. The new eatery is operated by Francesco (Frank) Landi.
“We wanted to have a place where our customers could get a good breakfast at a fair price. We open early and have tables for a light lunch,” he said.
The hours are 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Saturday and Sunday hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
A key business strategy is to offer delivery.
“We can deliver breakfast or lunch. That is a service a lot of our customers use,” he said.
They also have prepared food ready for you to cook at home.
Brandon Bauder helps Landi behind the counter, while Scott Matthew is at the counter taking the orders.
“We took over the old area that Pie’s On used and spruced it up. We have tables and a storage for Italian specialties,” Landi said.
The hard goods part of the market is growing.
“We want to have good-quality items that you can’t get in a grocery store. Our line of goods is limited, but it’s top quality,” he said. “One of the most important things is the quality of the olive oil. I started there, and we are expanding to other areas as our customers ask for products. We have good working partnerships with our suppliers.”
Landi is considering expanding to some basic household items that can be added to the delivery list.
“We will see what our core customers are looking for. We can expand while we meet the need,” he said.
Every morning, there is a breakfast sandwich special. This is not the standard breakfast sandwich that you can get at a local quick stop.
“Nothing in here is prepared somewhere else and brought here to be warmed up in a microwave,” he said. “Everything is prepared from scratch.”