26 June 2019
I remember as a child, running into my Granny's house on a Sunday morning, excited to see what treats awaited me. I'll never forget the mouth-watering smell of fresh bread that wafted from the oven and hit you in the face as soon as you opened the front door. I journey straight back to those lazy Sunday mornings watching Gran cook with wonder in my eyes and a longing in my belly every time I open the door to Casella & Polegato.
If you didn’t already know, Casella & Polegato is an Italian Bakery in Perth run by Master Baker, Denis Casella whose passion for technique, locally sourced ingredients, skill and of course, good healthy artisan bread is evident in every single product they create!
Denis Casella jokes that he was born dusted with flour. Born to a pizzeria owning Dad, it wasn’t long before Denis had learned everything there was to know about good bread. When left to ferment, his passion for good bread only grew over the years. Eventually, taking him all over the world as he journeyed from Apprentice Baker to Master Baker and ultimately, bringing him to Perth where his inspirational artisan breads have been well received and his aspirations for bread perfection continues with each day that passes – he’s already reached that, if you ask us!
It's a sign of a job well done, when you ask local shop owners for lunch recommendations and all fingers point to Casella & Polegato. It's also a sign of a job well done when you eagerly head along – hoping to appease the rumbly tummy - only to find there isn't anything left!
Find Casella & Polegato at their retail counter at Whitefriars, their store in Perth City Centre’s George Street or on the first Saturday of the month at Perth Farmer’s Market or the fourth Saturday of the month at Kinross Farmer’s Market. It won’t be long before you know only too well which days to show up for your favourites!
This special series of photos show the process of making the passion infused breads that Casella & Polegato have come to be known for, as well as introduce you to the team and Master Baker Denis Casella himself. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
“Making bread is like creating something new each day. Every morning I’m surprised by what I achieved through the night and I wonder whether it’s possible to do it even better tomorrow!” – Denis Casella
It's no surprise that they were voted Best Bakery for the County and the North of Scotland 2019 at the National Bakery of the Year Awards in London!
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Martin Phillimore is based in Perthshire, Scotland and works for clients all over the United Kingdom, and Internationally. He expertly captures subject, light and emotion through his photography. You can see his website here.