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Short: Goodnight Moon, Good Morning Fresh-Baked Bread

Margaret J. Krauss
90.5 WESA
Racks and bread forms stand ready for the oven at Allegro Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill.

As far as Justin Bongiorni is concerned you can keep your toast, your gourmet sandwiches, your extravagant grilled cheese. For the head baker at Allegro Hearth Bakery, bread stands alone. “I don't need to add anything to it, really. It's fine just like that for me.”

Each night Bongiorni gets to work at 6 p.m. and shapes flour, yeast, salt and water into the bread his neighbors will take home the next day.

It can be lonely on the night shift, working while most people sleep. In Squirrel Hill, Justin Bongiorni spends his nights in the company of bread.

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Margaret J. Krauss is WESA’s senior reporter. She covers development and transportation, and has produced award-winning podcasts on housing, work, and Pittsburgh’s lesser-known history. Before joining the newsroom full time, she covered the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities as a statewide reporter, and spent another life as an assistant editor for National Geographic Kids Magazine in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at mkrauss@wesa.fm.