Haute Secrets Boston: Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo

When Mario Russo, owner of Mario Russo Salons (on Newbury Street and a second location opening in the spring in the Fan Pier), opened his two-story Newbury Street salon 25 years ago, he changed the way hair cuts were done in Boston. From modern styles and trendy cuts to beautiful highlights and romantic bridal styles, Russo and his team of award-winning professionals will transform your look into one of natural beauty that will complement your lifestyle.

Mario Russo Photo Credit: Webb Chappell Photography

We caught up with Russo recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Italy

How long in Boston:  35 years

Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

Occupation: Owner of Salon Mario Russo at 9 Newbury Street and soon to be Twenty Two Liberty

Favorite Restaurant: Ostra

Best Sushi: Oishii

Best Italian: Giulia (Cambridge)

Best dessert: Mistral

Best place for a romantic date: Boston Symphony

Best Sunday brunch: The Bristol, Four Seasons

Best place for a power business meeting: The Café, Taj

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? XV Beacon

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Alan Bilzerian

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Dorfman Jewelers

Best Spa: Bella Sante

Favorite Charity Event: Storybook Ball

Favorite Cultural Event: ICA Annual Gala

Favorite Cultural Institution: ICA

Best Steakhouse: Boston Chops 

Best Pizza: Coppa

Best Lunch: Davio’s

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox

Best Massage: Equinox

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: ICA Black Mountain Show 

Describe Boston in three words: Cultural, Historical, Innovative 

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Public Gardens

All-around favorite spot in Boston: Seaport

Best Aspect of Boston: The seasons