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Posted by Jim Lopata  January 13, 2014 10:22 AM

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Local fashion and style maven Ricardo Rodriquez gets the scoop on Boston’s favorite former mayor’s favorites — book, breakfast place, underwear(!), and more!

Mayor Menino is not only the longest sitting mayor in the history of Boston but undoubtedly the most appreciated and beloved. He has made sure that during his tenure everyone from every walk of life was represented, respected and welcomed.

As we all know, the time has come for him to move along in his life journey. I find myself (along with my husband Michael) very fortunate to count him and Angela as friends. And I know that most people in the city feel the same way. Strike up a conversation with anyone at a coffee shop, cocktail party or park and it becomes clear that there are not many people that he hasn’t met, helped, shook hands with or had a conversation with.

Despite how much we already know about his extremely high profile public life we still want more juicy details. Just a little bit more. And this is where I come in…

I have taken the liberty of putting the Mayor in the hot seat (okay, not so hot, maybe warm) and asked him some questions, some personal and some too personal.

I wanted this to be a chance for all of us to get to know a little bit more about the man. So, thank you Mister Mayor for your candor and for a job incredibly well done!

Chocolate or vanilla?


What’s your favorite breakfast spot?

Sorella’s in Jamaica Plain

What’s your favorite dish?

Veal or chicken cutlet with a good pasta

What’s your favorite season of the year?


What’s your fondest family memory?

I have so many. Spending Thanksgiving Day with my wife and our family. It’s a time that I have my children and my grandchildren all together to celebrate.

What are you most proud of?

Standing up for people’s rights and making sure this city works for all its people, not just some of its people. Boston is a much different city today than it was 20 years ago. We’re a more open city.

Boxers or briefs?


What’s your favorite song?

My Way, Frank Sinatra

What’s your favorite book?

Anything by John Grisham, I’ve read them all

What’s your favorite part of being Mayor?

The people

What’s your favorite holiday?


What’s your favorite quote?

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain

What’s your favorite dessert?

Ricotta pie

What’s your favorite place to buy clothes?

Brooks Brothers now. It used to be Filene’s Basement.

What’s your favorite day/weekend getaway spot?


What’s your favorite tourist/historical destination in the city?

USS Constitution

What’s your favorite place to go with Angela for dinner?

At home in Hyde Park

What’s the hidden restaurant that you love but nobody knows about?

Mangia Mangia

Is there anyone you haven’t met who you would like to meet?

Pope Francis

Who’s your hero?

My parents are my heroes. My mother was the Mother Theresa of Hyde Park. She took care of all the families that came over from Italy. My father was a guy who was so well-respected in the community, because he worked very hard, and all he cared about was his family.

Cats or dogs?


What’s your greatest wish for the future of the city of Boston?

That our City continues to overcome inequality

What’s the best decision you ever made?

Marrying Angela Faletra

What’s something most people don’t know about you that you would like them to know?

Sometimes, I have a pretty good sense of humor [x]

Ricardo would like to also thank Dot Joyce and Emilee Ellison

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