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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
  • "We had a wonderful experience. The food was incredible. The selections were fresh and prepared with careful attention to detail. The food was served immediately, not held as some restaurants do, even though we had a larger group. I will definitely plan to return and my guests are also planning to frequent again."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant as a place to dine with out of town friends. The noise level was fine for conversation,the room is very pretty and the meal was absolutely terrific. The menu is wonderful: we had a hard time deciding what to select so many things looked appetizing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Scotto is always my go to place--especially when out of town guests in town! Dinner this past Saturday evening was delicious-wine was too--with several people it is nice to have a diverse wine list! Thank you Scotto family-!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Always enjoy the service and food. Starting with the flat sticks through to desert, it's all solid."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We ate dinner at 5PM when the restaurant opened. We were coming from an afternoon Broadway show. The staff was still all chatting with each other and didn't quite seem ready for diners. I thought the service was inattentive and the food was not really hot. I had previously had lunch at the restaurant and it was excellent so I was very very disappointed especially since I had out of town guests with me."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My twin daughters picked Fresco to celebrate their 13th birthday. It is one of their favorite restaurants. Unfortunately our waiter seemed to be aloof and forgot one of the most important parts of the meal. We asked him to put a candle in whatever desserts the girls ordered. He never did and I think they were disappointed. We hv been to Scotto several times but this was not one of our favorite times."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Service was fine but the food was just not very good. When I go to New York, I guess I expect a bit more from a restaurant given the number of very talented chefs in the city but Fresco did not come close. I had the cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe. The broccoli was overcooked and appeared more like pesto than broccoli rabe, The cavatelli was homemade but they were all stuck together so much of it was raw dough. With so many good restaurants to choose from in NYC, we wont be back"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Out of all the restaurants in New York. This is a one and done restaurant. We've tried it and weren't impressed. The food was okay. Nothing great. Our server had an attitude. Was much too bothered to answer questions. We almost left. The tables are on top of each other. They fill all the corners first. So you are sitting right in each other's business. It was hard for the server to deliver food because it was so tight. Even though it's close to our hotel, we will walk the extra distance to another restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dinner was delish! The service was the worst. Greeters were lovely , waiter was another story. We sat in the bar our waitress could have cared less that we or any one else was there. She did not make eye contact, check on wine refills (we had to ask others to get her), she would ask a question then immediately turn her back and start walking away while you were answering . She wasn't busy, there were only 3 tables at a time while we were there and the bussers did a lot off the work. The restaurant was definitely worthy of eating at -just won't have the same waitress."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The four of us had early evening (6 PM) reservations and were greeted heartily and seated immediately. The restaurant was about 1/4 full when we arrived and close to capacity by the time we left. We were immediatly served a most delicious complimentary appetizer to share which consisted of a chip tower held together with a delicious Gorgonzola cheese. The wine list was quite extensive with a wide price range. Two of us also had drinks which were very generous pours. The pizza appetizer we ordered for the table had a delightful thin crust and was quite good. The pasta specials we had were all excellent. We had pastas with tomato and mushroom based sauces with some of the lightest pasta I've had. Prompt, friendly, knowledgeable service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went there for business lunch. Nice décor, friendly staff. Only had a salad, but the menu was nice and varied. Everyone enjoyed their food so I can only say very good things about the restaurant. Cappucino was also wonderful, so all and all I can say it was a very nice experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to eat in midtown"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fresco by Scotto was recommended to my husband a few years ago and he had a great business dinner there. We returned a few years later and dined with our family. It was the friendliest, most genuinely gracious restaurant we visited in NYC. Excellent food, great service."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is my wife's favorite place to dine in NY. Located at a very convenient location in Mid Town. We always find the food to be excellent. For the first time I had the veal chop. It was outstanding. The other people at my table raved about the pasta dishes. Fresco by Scotto is always on our list when we come to New York."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have formal culinary training although I do not work in the industry. Overall, the food and service are excellent. The portions are large. The meatballs were simply the best I have ever had--period. The seafood in the seafood salad was perfectly cooked and delicately seasoned. Even the bread was great. They pay attention to the details and their final product shows shows it. I will return many times."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "the food was very good, the service attentive, but two issues; first, there were tiny fruit flies flying around during our meal and second, i don't think i should be charged for a refill of seltzer (not a can, not a perrier, just plain old seltzer). i expect better than that from Fresco."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been here three times now. We absolutely love your food and all the staff. Continue to make great food, and to make your guest feel so welcome!!! P.S. we are Italians so we know good food!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "FANTASTIC, AS ALWAYS!!! the food is unbelievably wonderful, and the staff is the best in the city!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This has been my third visit to Fresco. The cosmos are great, the food was wonderful, but a little pricey. The noise level was light so I guess we arrived at the perfect time. It was a very enjoyable lunch."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "Perfect evening in NYC! Fabulous Italian food, great location and very nice service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Really enjoyed - from out of town and always a go-to spot, never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "Wonderful food and wine, admirable ambience, super service--you are treat like a member of the Scotto family."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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