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Fresco by Scotto
Fresco by Scotto

Fresco by Scotto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frescobyscotto.com
  • Phone: (212) 935-3434
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Beau Houck
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please Call Elaina Scotto or Natalie at 2127542700, we will handle all your catering needs.
  • Entertainment: "People watching at it"s best" Zagat

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park & Madison
  • Public Transit: 5th ave station on E and M line. 51st street station 6 line. 47-50 station B,D,F.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available after 6pm on the street. otherwise private parking lot on 52nd st. Park and Lexington
A word from Fresco by Scotto
Fresco by Scotto is a family owned Italian restaurant in New York City. The concept is simple: serve delicious, fresh, seasonably inspired food in a warm atmosphere. Fresco by Scotto Restaurant has been opened since November 1993. It’s well known as the power broker’s lunch and star-filled entertainment industry dinner. Fresco by Scotto is often referred to as the “NBC Commissary”. Fresco by Scotto is owned and operated by the Scotto Family—Marion, Rosanna, Anthony, Jr.and Elaina Scotto.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The couple we dined with are "very Italian" and the husband critical of every aspect of dining. He claimed Fresco's was one of the best Italian restaurants he has ever eaten in. Over 70 years old, he is well traveled and dines out often."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have seen the Scottos on the Today show for years and have enjoyed their recipes. We always wanted to dine at Frescos in New York. We loved the place and the food was absolutely wonderful. The people were so friendly and made the experience even better. Service was great. My husband and I feel it is almost impossible to describe how good it was to dine at Frescos. Other diners were so friendly too. We simply loved it and savored every moment."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Kind of packed, not real memorable, but decent. Felt like a midtown business lunch factory."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food is fabulous. From the fresh, doughy pizza like appetizer to the rich, decadent chocolate dessert, everything was beautifully prepared, pretty and tasty. But the restaurant's front reception area was mobbed while tables were open in the back. We were insulted to hear that we would not be seated until our entire party arrived due to the crowd expected that evening (and a private party in the back.) Is this Cheesecake Factory?"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Perfect evening in NYC! Fabulous Italian food, great location and very nice service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fresco never disappoints. The food is always superb, the service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was very good; waiter was attentive but was crowded so hard to keep up. Not too loud so easy to carryon business conversation. Imagine lunch time would be even better! Enjoyed the experience and will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food was great! Portions were large and delicious! Antipasta 100% great! Our waiter was funny and nice! 100% wonderful service! Decor is clean and beautiful! This restaurant could not have been better! (Don't miss checking out all of the photos and autographs on the way to the restroom)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My daughter, granddaughter , son and I enjoyed a lovely dinner. Everything was perfect. Mrs. Scotto was so gracious to us. It was a special occasion as my daughter and granddaughter were visiting. It was my daughter's birthday and it was the first time we were all together in two years. The noise level was pleasant. The service was excellent. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. I can't wait for another special occasion to return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Scotto's deserve all the kudos for Fresco's. They work very hard, are always there and very welcoming. I love going back. The family always makes you feel like you never left. The food has always been superb. And of course, I am always "Star Struck" by the amazing famous people that are always there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The overall meal was good however my wife and I thought it would have been better. Prices were a pit pricey but you're in mid-town Manhattan so kind of what you should expect."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed - from out of town and always a go-to spot, never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food and wine, admirable ambience, super service--you are treat like a member of the Scotto family."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I got the risotto and it was the best I've had since I was in Florence. They also have this little appetizer they offer...very unusual: sliced zucchini with potato chips mounded and drizzled with gorgonzola cheese, not too strong...Very different, but so good."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great food. The Scotto family runs a great restaurant, consistently at a high level for many years."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had my son Ari Zizzo's graduation dinner last Thursday night at Frescos. IT was the perfect way to wrap up his year. The service at Frescos is always outstanding, helpful and on time. Especially remembered will be the Aged Rib Eye Steak that my son Thomas had. Probably one of the best I have tasted and cooked to perfection. The Veal chop was also outstanding and the sampling of my sister's homemade pesto sauce was delicate and tasteful.We totally enjoyed ourselves. I was highly recommend this restaurant, for special events and just for a special night out."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great service, good food, nice for lunch meetings."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Fresco was fantastic. I ordered the pasta special which was a homemade ravioli. It was absolutely delicious. We went there for a special occasion and the ambiance was perfect. The service was great. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were in NYC and wanted Italian. Of course everyone thinks, Little Italy. I didn't feel like a cab ride and I knew there had to be Italian restaurant besides in Little Italy. Look for restaurants in the immediate area and found Fresco Scotto. The food was great, our waiter was very accommodating. When I couldn't decide between 2 entrees, he got me 1/2 portions of each. He had a great sense of humor. The tables were a little close, we had a party of 8 beside us. I am sure if we asked to move they would have. Other than that, I recommend it. If you want a private table, ask for it if it is busy, Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Dinner with friends visiting from Australia. Meatballs were awesome. Pasta was freshly made. Service was terrific."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I celebrated a very special Birthday here and everything was done to perfection. We will also celebrate my son's graduation dinner here, we love this restaurant and the people who run it are class A!!! xo"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food, warm, friendly owners... great ambiance... a perfect win, win... Thank you for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Fresco by Scotto but what made this meal memorable was the waiter. Although we were not seated at one of his tables, (our waiter was busy with some restaurant task) Chris greeted us, got us menus and told us about the specials. He did remain our waiter for the evening and did an outstanding job. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have eaten here on several occasions over 15 years and was never disappointed. Very expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Have been here twice in the past month, both times the food, service, etc. was wonderful Homemade pastas, substitutions no problem, loved it!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable meal before going to the theater. The menu was creative, well executed and beautifully presented. The servers were excellent. This restaurant knows their business very well and does everything to service their customers! Check it out and get ready for a wonderful evening. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great Italian food...great setting and wonderful atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Menu was not your run of the mill. Food is fantastic. Service couldn't be better. Friendly but not overbearing. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Generally good food and nice atmosphere buy very expensive and the staff is a bit cold."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Wait staff was very attentive and made it easy for us on our first but not last visit. We even met Rosanna Scotto when leaving. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Always wonderful food The tuna and avocado appetizer was spectacular as we're the lamb chops!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great dinner spot. Staff was friendly and helpful when we were trying to decide between menu items. Homemade ravioli was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Fresco was recommended by a friend & he was right on! The owners & staff were friendly and lovely. They were busy & it was obvious that many of their patrons were regulars. We enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at the bar-a wonderful space with an enjoyable bartender. The front windows were opened so you felt like you were sitting on a patio. Our friend recommended we have the potato & zucchini chips with gorgonzola cheese appetizer & it was fabulous!! The menu had such a wonderful array of choices it was very hard to choose! My husband had the Veal Chop and it was absolutely incredible-tender & so tasty. I went with the Penne Gratin & it was sinfully rich & delicious. We will definitely go back when in NYC & continue working our way thru the menu."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The restaurant was noisy. The food was not as good as it usual is. The total bill for 2 people seemed expensive for what we had. I was disappointed in my overall dining experience. They seem to just care about the volume of people they pack in not the quality if the food."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I love Fresco by Scotto!! Nowhere else do I feel so well served, and wonderful zucchini/pie was the perfect lunch before seeing Cabaret!! So convenient to Studio 54 :)"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "If you like paying to be seen and seeing the "crowd" then this is your place. However, if you like great tasting food, spiced well, and you yourself know how to cook, and you would like to pay a fair price for your meal, then keep searching. A fusilli pasta with mushrooms and salmon with no alcohol, oh yes I did have a tea, cost me $50. I am not shy about spending for a well deserved meal, which this was not. The city has too many options for quality food and appropriate cost - yes even in midtown."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I brought a client and it was perfect. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great but what really set Fresco apart was the wonderful wait staff. Well done."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "On a recent trip to New York we dined here at the recommendation of two friends. I enjoyed the Scottish Salmon, and my husband had one of the pasta specials with the Tuna and Avocado Tartare. Everything was prepared to perfection. The only problem we had was with the seating. We were originally seated in an arrangement where the waiters had to pass by and reach over me to get to the two tables behind us. This was very uncomfortable and distracting, but our waiter quickly realized my distress and moved us to another table which was much better. Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "As I saw the Scotto family on numerous occasions on a morning show, I had high expectations and was very disappointed. Portions too large, unrefined food. Decor very unappealing AND PRICEY for what it was..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "From the fried calamari to the zucchini/potato chips with gorgonzola, every bite of this meal was amazing. All ingredients were fresh and made to perfection. I will definitely go back soon."
    Dined on 4/25/2014