Best of Boston

2002 Best Manicure

Maria Rodriguez, Salon Mario Russo

A manicure by Maria Rodriguez is, hands down, a tour de force. Her perfectionist’s eye to detail (from clipping and buffing to lengthy hand massages) is impeccable, her conversation keeps the process interesting, and her easygoing demeanor makes the often-impossible task of choosing the perfect color a cinch. She takes the extra time to make sure nails are dry, offers pointers on how to sustain manicures, and sees to it that every singer, by the time leaves her table, feels positively regal.

9 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-6676,