Five Things Mario Russo Loves

The owner of Salon Mario Russo shares his favorite spots in the city.

Want to know where the pros go? We’re asking Best of Boston winners to divulge their five favorite places in Boston. Below, Mario Russo, owner of Salon Mario Russo, shares his picks.

Mario Russo

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Charles Street

Tatte Bakery and Café on Charles Street has a modern yet elegant feel. I enjoy all their fresh baked goods, but my favorite is their nut tart. Tatte makes their cappuccino the old-fashioned way, making it my favorite in Boston—the right consistency each and every time! I love to walk up and down Charles Street to visit one of my favorite stores in Boston, E.R. Butler & Co., and stop to dine at the Paramount for lunch of dinner.”

Public Garden

“Every day on my way to and from work, I walk through the Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America. My favorite part is being able to see the seasons change; in the middle of the city, there is always an incredible beauty where I can connect with nature for a little each day. I also like to take my dog Pierre for walks through the garden.”

Institute of Contemporary Art

“The ICA is a major part of my life, giving me a connection to the arts worldwide. I no longer have to travel to New York, L.A., or London to experience and stay-up with contemporary art. My involvement with the Collections Committee keeps me updated on the latest works of art and contemporary artists.”

Newbury Street

“Newbury Street is the center of my life in Boston. It’s where I started and created my flagship salon, and I love the specialty boutiques and restaurants. Some of my favorite stores are Alan Bilzerian and Newbury Comics, which have been here since I first opened my salon. I also love to visit the Barbara Krakow Gallery, an intimate space with cutting-edge works.”

South End

“The South End is a place I often find myself. I love eating at Coppa and The Buttery, getting my staple food items such as cheese and olive oil from Formaggio Kitchen, shopping for my dog Pierre at Polka Dog Bakery and finding unique pieces for my home at Michelle Willey. I also like to stop in at the Samson Projects Gallery on Harrison Avenue.”