Need someone to help you navigate New England’s food scene? Vincent Errichetti, better known as Taste of Massachusetts on the Insta, is here to be your guide. He’s been at it for three years, serving as a go-to source on food and travel events in and around the Bay State (and all over New England) for nearly 40,000 followers. See which dishes are on his local food bucket list (including an East Boston staple), hear which trends he thinks are on their way out and learn his favorite new restaurant.
Tell us a little about yourself. How’d you end up in Boston, and what inspired you to create your Instagram account?
Born and raised in Boston. Being 42, I have been around for a while, which gives me perspective on institutions and “the scene”. Since I have always had many different aged friends, I was always asked for ideas of where to go with kids, date night etc. When I got laid off, I had the time and focus I needed to document where I went both for local food and local attractions and travel. That is why my tagline is, “Helping Program Your GPS for New England.”
Name the top five dishes on your Boston food bucket list.
1 Santarpio’s Pizza and Sausage and Peppers
2 Boston Burger Company for the Mac Attack
3 Summer Shack’s Pan Roasted Lobster (also Julia Child’s favorite)
4. A Guinness at either the Black Rose on State Street, or the Green Briar in Brighton
5. Eggplant Fries at Dunn Gaherin’s in Newton.
What do you think the next big trend is for restaurants?
Flights of everything from chicken wings to mac and cheese. I have already seen eggs Benny flights! Great financially for the restaurant and for food pics, hard on the kitchens though. I also think the vegan and keto “trend” will dissolve faster than the Atkins Diet.
Which chefs are your favorite to follow on Instagram and why?
If I follow a chef, they are usually “home cook chefs” for recipes. @ChefAlina out of Worcester highlights everything. @Mingtsai is another great one as he travels so much and gives so many good people shout outs, he is a great person to follow to discover others.
Beyond chefs, what are your top three favorite food Instagram accounts to follow?
Three??? I could give you dozens. Locally I focus on just good content, usually by genre: wine: @divaofthevinestoni , beer: @porkandpintsboston , cocktails: @nailthecocktail , food photography: @the_roamingfoodie , foodies in general who always get around faster than me: @chickswithfoodpics, @theitalianimpasta , @tastes2totango , @wickedfoodiemaven, @newenglandfoodexplorer — I really could just keep going.
Describe Boston’s food scene in three words.
Parochial, Evolving, Diverse.
Which restaurants haven’t you been to but you’re eager to try?
What’s your food photography philosophy, and can you share your top tips for taking awesome food photos?
BE DIFFERENT. I focus on context and not just solely the content. So many people are amazing photographers, but followers want and appreciate honesty. Represent the dish as it is, maximize the lighting, take low angles and be honest with the final picture. Be as sincere with how you present it to everyone. I know everyone has their own opinion on this, but I like to document content for my audience that I think they will enjoy.
A Few Of Your Favorite Things:
Favorite brunch spot: Hash House A Go Go at Mohegan Sun
Favorite place for outdoor dining: Latitude 43 in Gloucester
Favorite BBQ joint: BT’s Smokehouse, it is worth the drive to Sturbridge
Favorite late-night: Bova’s Bakery in the North End because it is open 24/7!
Favorite neighborhood for food: Allston/Brighton, so underrated, and Casa Cana really puts it over the top
Favorite new restaurant: Gotta repeat Casa Cana, people need to flock here.