Fascia’s Chocolates

By Douglass Steele De Pecol / Photography By Betsy Robson | March 01, 2017
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John Fascia and Carmen Romeo of Fascia’s Chocolates.
John Fascia (left) and Carmen Romeo (right) of Fascia’s Chocolates.

The Fascia family’s chocolate-making journey began in Waterbury in 1964, when John Fascia was looking for a way to supplement his income at the Bristol Company, a manufacturing firm. With the help of his wife and three daughters, they began making chocolates in their home. John reflects on the company’s humble origins, when he would drive to Jersey City, New Jersey, to pick up the supplies. “I had to install air shocks on my car at the time in order to carry the 1,000 pounds of chocolate I was picking up.” After 21 years of working two jobs, John finally quit the Bristol Company and turned chocolate making into a full-time career.

Not far from the home kitchen where he first started making chocolates is Fascia’s newest location and current center of operations. The large space includes a chocolate showroom (filled with confections, gift boxes, and homemade gelato), a cake production facility, a spacious chocolate factory, and two classrooms. “Experience your chocolate,” is the Fascia’s motto. They hold seminars and chocolate-themed workshops, catering to everyone from children to corporate groups. Fascia’s also collaborates with local businesses, like Haight-Brown Vineyards, to host events like the Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tour, where guests enjoy wine and chocolate pairings on a scenic train ride between Thomaston and Fascia's facility.

cocoa bean
Classes at their facility use educational tools like this preserved and cut-away cocoa bean.

Carmen Romeo, John’s son-in-law, now runs the business. A career engineer, whose resume includes both appliance sales for GE and running a manufacturing company, Romeo began to devote his efforts towards the family business seven years ago. “I traded widgets for chocolate,” he says, regarding the engineering background that has helped him streamline their facility. “In this location, there is no wasted movement.”

Fascia’s Chocolates
44 Chase River Rd., Waterbury

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