Fresco by Scotto
Fresco by Scotto

Fresco by Scotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frescobyscotto.com/
  • Phone: 2129353434
  • 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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Fresco by Scotto reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)fit for foodies (59)great for lunch (55)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (41)notable wine list (26)romantic (21)hot spot (18)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • happycamper
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Always dependable and one of our favorites. Terrific food, service and ambience. Plus a family owned enterprises that caters to its clients. a real winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our food was great, service very nice, would recommend and come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresco by Scotto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my second visit and the experience was just as wonderful. The staff is friendly and very attentive, yet the atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable. The food is delicious - from meatballs to linguini with clams ( tasted just like you would find in Italy), to lamb chops. My family and I will be back again! A gem in the city!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jdtw
    Joesaysso
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Frescos was even better than we expected. The veal chop was the best I can recall and all the entrees and apps were excellent. Frescos is now on our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Cuisine in Midtown
    VacationDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    StraightupVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous
    SadieVIP
    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-!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Italian
    Gact
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always enjoy the service and food. Starting with the flat sticks through to desert, it's all solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dining
    GeeGeeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Peter
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best
    BethVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattan Gem
    Kenl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place for lunch
    Osccawanalake
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    KatieMVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    naplesfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring Your Appetite
    CIATRAINED
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dcvisitor
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • POOR TREATMENT STALE BREAD
    Kathymac7
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    THERE WERE 6 LADIES WHO ARE REGULARS TO THE CITY. WE HAD NEVER BEEN TO FRESCO BEFORE AND WERE ANXIOUS TO TRY IT. OUR TABLE WAS IN THE BAR AREA RIGHT NEXT TO THE WINDOW (the window was open) (noisy bar crowd and noisy street Bread was STALE WHEN SERVED AND WE HAD TO ASK FOR IT. fRESH BREAD WAS FINALLY SERVED BUT ALSO AN ATTITUDE Needless to say we will not be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • janegoldVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    FANTASTIC, AS ALWAYS!!! the food is unbelievably wonderful, and the staff is the best in the city!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • borobar5
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    Mtmpurple
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work Lunch
    James
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Kind of packed, not real memorable, but decent. Felt like a midtown business lunch factory.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect evening
    Otto
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Perfect evening in NYC! Fabulous Italian food, great location and very nice service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor crowd control
    NativeNYerVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    AM11201
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Fresco never disappoints. The food is always superb, the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice!
    RobWVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Out
    BigMac
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WoW! Great Restaurant!
    NYCG
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    SMC98
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Really enjoyed - from out of town and always a go-to spot, never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anthony always comes to the table!
    JMPS
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A 52nd Street Treasure
    Bill230
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Wonderful food and wine, admirable ambience, super service--you are treat like a member of the Scotto family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    afamilyaffair
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RISOTTO!!
    JANET
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShontoVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food. The Scotto family runs a great restaurant, consistently at a high level for many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ari's graduation
    Tinabird
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great service, good food, nice for lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.