What began as a small Boston neighborhood shop has become one of the country’s top purveyors of fresh roasted nuts. Souren, Fastachi himself, perfected the craft of roasting nuts the old fashioned way – by hand, in small batches, in steel roasting drums. Fascinated by the challenge of bringing nuts to their flavor peak, he kept a vigilant watch. Soon he began experimenting with mixes that satisfied his robust palate. Then at last, on a winter day in 1990, he opened his Watertown store, Fastachi, to reveal his roasting perfections.
Last weekend Fastachi opened a second location on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. After walking by the “Coming Soon” sign for months I was excited to finally check it out. Yesterday I visited the new store for the first time and had the opportunity to speak with Souren and try some of his famous nut mixes.
When it comes to nut mixes, nobody does it quite like Fastachi. Delectable nut combinations include:
Chocolate Nut Mix: Artisan roasted nuts, seasoned only with sea salt, with the added luxury of rich dark belgian chocolate create the perfect combination of sweet, salty, tart and chocolate. Indulge in this sublime combination of flavors – dried cranberries, salted pistachio meats, salted almonds, roasted almonds, salted hazelnuts, roasted hazelnuts, sesame peanuts, and bittersweet Belgian chocolate.
Super Nut Mix: The fanciest frolic of fastachi’s nut varieties: cashews, pistachio meats, hazelnuts and almonds, fuse to create a strongly intense union characteristic only of a divine nut-tasting experience.
Wasabi Nut Mix: A zest for how much you can take draws you to this exotic mix made with natural wasabi peas, roasted almonds and peanuts, red skin peanuts, dried cranberries and dark raisins.
Handmade chocolate bark is also in abundance at Fashachi. From milk chocolate almond to while chocolate cranberries, they have something for every chocolate lover.
All products are processed in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts. Some of our products do contain gluten, and almost everything on their website does contain ingredient information. Although there is no flour present at their facility, products are manufactured and packaged using shared equipment and utensils, so trace amounts of gluten may exist and they cannot guarantee the absence and no risk of cross-contamination within our facility.
Can’t make it to Watertown or Beacon Hill? Fastachi sells all their products online and can ship anywhere in the U.S.