Q&A: Peter Ungár of Tasting Counter

Tasting menu at Tasting Counter

Native Texan Peter Ungár began working in restaurants during high school and attended BU’s hospitality program before interning at Boston’s The Four Seasons. In 2003 he launched a private dining service, The Dining Alternative, to replicate the fine dining experience in residential settings. After a stint at two Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, Ungár returned stateside to open his own restaurant, Tasting Counter, in 2015. The 20-seat gastronomic gem, set in the same building as Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewery, offers ticketed, multicourse dinners that showcase its head chef’s relentless culinary curiosity.

Boston’s best dish:

Whatever I don’t have to cook.

Guilty pleasure food:

I could eat chips and guac for days.

Kitchen playlist:

I don’t listen to music while I cook.

Favorite food destination:

Whenever I have time off, I am often in Allston.

Cooking inspiration:

I like transforming food into something our guests enjoy … and the impending tuition bills for my four kids

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