FOR more than 60 years the aroma of fresh bread from Vastese Bakery has wafted across its North Perth neighbourhood, but it all ends this Christmas.
Owners Tony and Lou Saraceni were out of town when we called but staff confirmed they’re closing.
Freelance foodie writer Max Veenhuyzen broke the news and he reports, “it’s no longer feasible to bake bread their old way and maintain the bakery, so they’re calling it a day after almost six decades of service”.
The bakery was started by Saraceni patriarch Giuseppe, who arrived from Vasto in 1951. He delivered Italian bread for a short time but grew disatisfied with the quality, so started his own bakery in 1958.
He started on Newcastle Street before moving to Alma Road in 1961.
The bakery was old-fashioned, selling handmade bread to restaurants and boutique retailers, but locals could also stop by the front door and buy their daily loaf.
Lou and Tony Saraceni also have an ongoing business venture with developer cousin Luke Saraceni, in the Rose on Angove Street project to build apartments on the corner of Angove and Fitzgerald Street.
In August, Business News reported the project was going great guns with nearly half the apartments sold in the first six days of marketing.
by DAVID BELL