Haute Secrets: Boston’s Top Chef Michael Schlow

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Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow

Photo Credit: Michael SchlowThere is one thing Michael Schlow has not done. As one of the most notable chefs in Boston with restaurants (Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada, Tico), awards (think Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence), cookbooks (It’s All About Time), specialty cooking techniques and appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Food Network to his credit, the only thing Schlow hasn’t accomplished is owning and operating a Greek restaurant.

Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow

Photo Credit: Michael Schlow

That will change come this fall when he opens Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar. Right now, Schlow is in the process of transforming the former Italian Via Matta space that sat prominently for two decades at Heritage on the Garden into a Greek-inspired restaurant. The new concept, which will feature bone-in lamb shoulder, salads and flatbreads, is a tribute to Schlow’s Greek wife.

Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow

Photo Credit: Michael Schlow

Schlow quickly made a name for himself in Boston when he moved here from New York in 1995. Since then, he has mastered the art of French, Italian and Latin American cuisines so it’s no wonder Bostonians are eagerly awaiting the opening of his new Greek concept.

Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow

Photo Credit: Michael Schlow

We caught up recently with the James Beard award winning chef/owner to discuss what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born? Brooklyn NY

How long have you been in Boston? 20 years

Where do you live now? South End, Boston

Occupation? Chef/Restaurateur

How did you get your start in the restaurant industry? My father helped me get a job as a dishwasher….I was 14 and was immediately bitten by the industry; I’ve held every position in restaurants, both in the front and back of the house, it’s the only profession I’ve known.

Who influenced you along the way? Many people had a profound effect along the way, my parents, Jean-Louis Palladin, Pino Luongo, Craig Shelton, just to name a few

Best Sushi: Oishii Boston

Best Italian: Since Via Matta closed? I like Prezza a lot as well as Nebo.

Best dessert: Chocolate Tart at Tico and the ice cream sundae at Grill 23

Best place for a romantic date: A early evening walk along The Charles River then dinner at Trattoria Toscana in Beacon Hill

Best Sunday brunch: Mistral

Best place for a power business meeting: Bristol Lounge

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Liberty, The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, The Intercontinental

Favorite Charity Event: Big Sisters of MA and Cam Neely Foundation Golf Tournament

Favorite Cultural Event: Looking forward to the return of The Spinazzola Gala

Favorite Cultural Institution: Fenway Park

Best Steakhouse: Grill 23

Best Pizza: Nebo and Babbo

Best Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: My wife Adrienne’s Studio and also Isabella Gardner Museum

Describe Boston in three words: Historic, Proud, beautiful

All-around favorite locale in Boston: South End…its home and it’s a really beautiful, diverse neighborhood.

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