Haute Secrets Boston: Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road

Louis DiBiccari got his initial start in his mother’s scratch kitchen thanks to his upbringing in a large Italian family. Since then, he received formal training at Scottsdale Culinary Institute before returning to Boston to cook in one of the city’s best kitchens alongside Frank McClellend, at L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Years ago, he started what is now known as “Chef Louie Night”, an interactive dining experience where guests visit his website and vote for themes and ingredients. The voting results were not revealed to Chef Louis and his team until the morning of the event. The chefs then ran around the city trying to organize, conceptualize and execute a five-course meal. That concept has now turned into a semi-annual event that showcases some of Boston’s best culinary talent with the help of several local sponsors and charities.

Louis DiBiccari Photo Credit: Marlo Communications

Today, he now owns and operates Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel where his menu includes specialties like eggplant goat cheese fritters, roasted stuffed oysters, lamb meatball tostada and Peruvian chicken thighs.

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

Where were you born: Center of the Universe, Lynnfield MA

How long in Boston:  20 years

Neighborhood: Currently South End

Occupation: Chef/owner, social media guru, event guy

Favorite Restaurant: Toro or Uni

Best Sushi: o ya

Best Italian: Erbaluce

Best dessert: Cookies at Tavern Road

Best place for a romantic date: Il Casale

Best Sunday brunch: Puritan & Co.

Best place for a power business meeting: Doretta Taverna

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Olives & Grace

Best Spa: Exhale

Favorite Charity Event: Lovin’ Spoonfuls Tailgate

Favorite Cultural Event: Red Sox game at Fenway

Favorite Cultural Institution: Fenway Park

Best Steakhouse: Abe & Louie’s

Best Pizza: Coppa

Best Lunch: Myers & Chang

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: George Foreman Gym

Best Massage: Britt Smith Massage

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: Institute of Contemporary Art

Describe Boston in three words:  Wicked Pissa Kid

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: North End

All-around favorite spot in Boston:  Boston Common

Best Aspect of Boston: You can get in a car or jump on a train and be in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Canada, New York, etc. Regional travel is very accessible.