Haute Secrets Boston: Ernie Boch, Jr.

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.

Ernie Boch, Jr.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