We're Glad You're Here

Hillsborough Bakeshop & Pasta Co. may have begun as a way to diversify revenue streams while indoor dining was shuttered during the pandemic, but it quickly became a passion project we just can’t quit. In fact, in the last six months we’ve grown from offering a few hand-rolled, sourdough pastries on Saturday mornings to a full-fledged concept serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Let me take a step back. I spent fifteen years building Panciuto into one of the most unique and special restaurants in NC and it garnered a fair amount of critical attention and adulation. But what makes Panciuto so special is also what makes it temporal. What it requires of me is more than I can give it right now, so I have to put it away for a while. Instead, I’m putting my focus on a new idea that occupies a different role in our community - Hillsborough Bakeshop & Pasta Co.

Stepping back even further…when I was a kid in Briarcliff Manor, there was a shop named Joe Wheldon’s. It was a cluttered shoebox of a space on the main drag where you slapped your change on the counter to buy the morning paper and a cup of black coffee, where they rolled subs in wax paper at lunch, and where I walked to get packs of garbage pail kids and bazooka joe bubble gum after school. It was no culinary gem, but it was always there, seemingly always open, and was certainly a part of everyone’s week at some point or another.

In time, I hope Hillsborough Bakeshop & Pasta Co. will be similarly appreciated. Now, I’m not Joe Wheldon, and my time and talent is clearly best spent working with food, so the Bakeshop will always be food and drink centric. Like Panciuto, it will be thoughtfully produced with more quality and care than is reasonable. Unlike Panciuto, we want to be more readily accessible to you and a regular part of your week. We hope to see you for a morning pastry and a coffee, or a sandwich at lunch. Come linger over an afternoon cheese plate and glass of wine. Grab a table at 6pm and hang out for dinner with a cocktail and the best handmade pasta around. That’s how I hope Hillsborough Bakeshop & Pasta Co. settles into your routine.

We’re excited to grow into the full potential of this concept. Undoubtedly, the menu will expand, new ideas will be realized, and we’ll find our full stride. I hope you’ll join us soon and thank you for being a part of our humble project.

Allow me to finish by shouting out the staff, without whom I could not have gotten HBPC off the ground.

Adriana Carreon – Head Baker and Doing It All

Jesse Willey – Running the Kitchen and Pasta Wizard

Julia Kelley-Swift – Dining Room Manager, All-Purpose Glue, Web and Social Media Maven



Aaron Vandemark

Chef/Owner, All Around Amazing Dude