Michael Chiklis considers Newbury to be the epicenter of Boston. Walk one or two blocks in any direction to find all sorts of treasures.
Longtime television and film actor Michael Chiklis, perhaps best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning work on The Shield, now stars in the ABC drama No Ordinary Family. As in his real life, Chiklis is a married father of two kids in the series. “Apart from my character’s superpowers, it’s the closest role I’ve ever played to myself,” says Chiklis. “He loves his family, has certain aspirations, wants to be helpful, realizes he has insecurities. But he’s just a regular guy. I’m having a lot fun with it.”
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Chiklis is proud to talk up Boston. “You can basically walk from one end to the other in a day,” Chiklis says. “One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful day is sit out on Newbury Street and people-watch.”
Chiklis says Newbury Street is full of “phenomenal restaurants,” including one of his favorites, Stephanie’s. “The food is fantastic, and you will not receive better service,” he says. “But what I also love is its very large outdoor patio right on Newbury.”
For gourmet pizza, Chiklis recommends Scoozi Gourmet Pizzaria. “It’s a little hole-in-the-wall pizzeria, pronounced ex-scoozi, like the Italian for excuse me!” says Chiklis. “I always get the pepperoni pizza, but I recommend ordering any of the thin-crust pizzas.”
Newbury is known for its boutique shopping scene, and Chiklis recalls meeting Elton John in the former Versace boutique. “My wife was elbowing me to say hello. Guess what? Elton recognized me. I almost fell over. He invited us backstage at his concert. We’ve been friends ever since.”
The original Ritz-Carlton Boston is located at the end of Newbury near Boston Common, and it is now called Taj Boston. “It’s one of the great hotels,” says Chiklis. “It’s reminiscent of The Plaza on Central Park South, only quainter but equally gorgeous.”
At the western end of Newbury is Fenway Park. “You can’t beat having a Sam Adams at the Cask ’n Flagon outside Fenway,” he says. “Nothing’s better than taking my family to a game. I’ve watched games in both the cheap and box seats. You can’t live in Boston and not be a Red Sox fan.”