He has hosted some of the biggest names in Hollywood, politics and beyond at his private mansion south of Boston (think Donald Trump, The Go Gos, and LeAnn Rimes to name a few), but Ernie Boch, Jr. is best known around town for his television ads telling buyers to “come on down” and check out his inventory of vehicles. Son of the late auto magnate, Ernie Boch Sr., he now devotes much of his spare time to Music Drive Us, a nonprofit that supports music in education and preservation throughout New England.
Photo Credit: Ernie Boch, Jr.
We caught up with Ernie Boch, Jr. recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Where were you born: Providence, RI
How long in Boston: Almost my whole life.
Neighborhood: I live south of the city.
Occupation: President & CEO, Subaru of New England
Favorite Restaurant: I go through phases, but now it’s Red Lantern.
Best Sushi: Douzo on Dartmouth Street
Best Italian: Tresca, North End
Best dessert: Wicked Good Cupcakes, their red velvet flavor
Best Sunday brunch: Stella, South End
Best place for a power business meeting: The Capital Grille, Back Bay
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? XV Beacon or The Four Seasons
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Riccardi on Newbury Street
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Cartier on Newbury Street
Best Spa: Bella Sante on Newbury Street
Favorite Charity Event: Any event by Music Drives Us
Favorite Cultural Event: Fourth of July on the Esplanade in Boston
Favorite Cultural Institution: Berklee College of Music
Best Steakhouse: Grille 23, Boston
Best Pizza: Original Regina Pizzeria in the North End
Best Lunch: Salad at Stephanie’s on Newbury Street
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Home gym with my trainer, Bonnie at Body by Bonbon
Best Massage: Green Tangerine Spa & Salon, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Ask for Mike.
Best Limousine/Driving Service: My driver Ned
Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Describe Boston in three words: Young. Old. Historic.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Harvard Square
All-around favorite spot in Boston: Foundation Room, House of Blues
Best Aspect of Boston: The weather