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May 29, 2008 10:19 AM

MSP Pistachios

Let me start by saying that I completely adore Bazzini's Super Colossal Pistachios, from their Greenwich Street store in Manhattan. Haven't yet had better.

These nuts go wonderfully with Sidecars, and I have a couple of friends dropping by for one or two of suchlike. I'd like to be able to foist some great pistachios upon them.

Sadly, I'm not in Manhattan, I'm in Saint Paul.
Nominations for places in the Cities that peddle exceptional pistachios are welcome/yearned for.

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  1. I was just at the Caspian the other weekend, and they had a couple of varieties. A couple were flavored, but they had the really small pointy ones (Turkish, maybe?) that have a very delicate and different flavor.

    Caspian Bistro
    2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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      1. re: cheeseguysgirl

        If you go to Caspian for pistachios, be sure to taste first. Most of the time, the nuts are great, but I've had the occasional not-so-great batch. (Uncrisp and slightly old-tasting.)

        And leave time to browse the shelves - there's a ton of great stuff at this Middle-Eastern deli, like my beloved Turkish apple-peel tea.


      2. I have gotten nice shelled ones at the coop. Mississippi Market. I imagine the other coops would have them as well. Not sure what their lineage is (probably not Turkish) but they've been good.

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        1. re: karykat

          Thanks folks!
          Haven't gotten to Caspian yet; I ended up improvising with some nuts from Kowalski's.

          karykat, Which Mississippi Market are you meaning? I hit the one at Fairview/Randolph, but all they had were bulk, in the shell, in the dispensomatic bins. Hunted around to no avail. Could you have found these at the (larger) Dale St. store?

          1. re: ajs

            Yes, I did get these at the Dale Street store. I've seen them pre-bagged near a set of scales in the bulk food area. Ask someone there if they have them. They'll know.

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          1. I have purchased Bazzini's here in the TC, at Cooks of Crocus Hill...

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            1. re: julie612

              Thank you, julie612, good to know!

            2. I bought some pistachios at the cheese shop at France 44. A variety I have never heard of before called Kalagoochi. Apparently they're grown in CA. Best pistachio I've ever had.