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.
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Fresco by Scotto reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (69)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (49)great for lunch (48)hot spot (27)notable wine list (26)romantic (23)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Oh, yes
    familyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Never falters, always spot on. Menu changes seasonally which is always nice. Professional servers, staff, pretty room and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Arrived at 5:15 for a 5:30 reservation. Could not be seated as a meeting of staff was still going on. Couldnt get a drink at bar either and never was really directed. Had reservations for weeks place was empty but we were at a table right outside of kitchen. Waiter was a bit abrupt and seemed to be annoyed by us, not sure why. Tried to give him benefit of doubt and say it was a language or cultural barrier, but for a restaurant of this caliber and the fact they just had a staff meeting I would have expected more.Food was good not great but definitely delicious.More expensive than I expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous ravioli
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was fabulous. I felt a bit rushed through the dining experience. We were asked if we wanted dessert 3 seconds after our last bite! I was hoping forca more, relaxed, intimate experience. I sometimes felt ready to be pounced upon! Overall great dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful hospitality!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner! Great waiter-Angelo! Made us feel at home while enjoying an amazing dinner! Look forward to returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food and service were great. However, we had trouble talking because it was so noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    ken29VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great gluten free paste and donuts filled with cream and made to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice menu and good food
    NYCJeanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My hallibut, the special that evening, was exceptional and we all enjoyed our meals. Enjoyed the ambiance, but we were seated along the all next to the corner and I felt the tables were too close. We could hear every single word of the conversation at the corner table and it was a little uncomfortable. Liked the bright decor and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Although the food was very good, we found the prices to be high and we were rushed by our waiter. This is a restaurant you go once for the experience and may never go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Celebration
    Lovetolunch
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Enjoyed a birthday celebration for two special people at this delicious, pleasant and scrumptious restaurant. Made even more special with a picture including Marion Scotto. Food is classic Italian. Portions are more than adequate. Wine list is large and varied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian Treat in NYC
    Grizz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I recently took my wife to Fresco by Scotto for our 25th anniversary and we were satisfied overall. I was in the city on business so she came in to join me and I was looking for a special option that would be suitable for the occasion. You're certainly limited with quiet, romantic and/or scenic choices in NYC, but I had been to Fresco for a group event in the past and thought the food was very good. As you might expect in NYC, the tables were close together, the restaurant was noisy so the ambiance was not great, but the food was very good and our waiter did his best to make us feel welcome nad have an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was extremely good. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Resturant
    sparklebeeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Have now eaten here many times and always a positive experience. This was Saturday night and less crowded than during the week. My wife any I split a tri-color salad and the chicken parmigiana. A little broccoli rabe on the side also. All food prepared just right. I always think the room has a nice feel to it. Nice to see 8 members of the Scotto family also having dinner that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Reasonably Priced
    BeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Finding a nice restaurant with great food without the crazy NY City prices is not easy, but this one fits the bill. The staff is great from top to bottom, the food -- including the salads -- was remarkable, and the wine choices are sufficient. The tables can be a bit close to one another as it gets busy, but that is part of NYC. Our party of 3 was very happy with the selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! EXCELLENT Service!
    MagnifiqueVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From the moment the hostess greeted us and sat us at our table I knew we were in for a wonderful evening. Warm, inviting, accommodating (nothing is a problem for them). Restaurants like this are far and few in between. If I could I would give the staff 10 stars! Food was absolutely delicious and special requests were not only accommodated but done so seamlessly. Terrific evening and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Wonderful Find
    C65echs
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Having seen the Scotto family on the Today Show prompted our visit to their restaurant Fresco. We were so pleased with the great service, good food and friendly atmosphere. Our waiter and wine steward were exceptional! Had to buy their cookbook too! Hoping they enjoy many years of success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OKAY
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The special parmigiana dinner chicken with rigatoni was not of good quality The chicken was tough! The marinara sauce requested came late.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Max0113
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service and food- superb. Excellent wine list and menu! Loved the tuna tartare!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and great food!
    JoeMoon
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It is nice to be greated by the owner with a smile. We received excellent service and the waiters knew the menu and could describe dishes well. The meatball appetizer was delicious! Nice for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so good
    familyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    what can I say, always consistent that's why we keep going back. Menu changes with the seasons always something new and still the house favorites remain. If you haven't tried Fresco you must go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS A GOOD EXPERIENCE...
    DEB1VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I don't get here often but when I think of a convenient midtown Italian dining place, I think of this and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    EstherP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been to Fresco many times and it never disappoints. I went with a group went to celebrate some milestones with co-workers and we were all impressed with the food, service and ambiance. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Annabelly
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Fesco by Scotto was amazing! I am so glad I was able to get a table during one of the night's I was in NYC. I actually ate here when I was a little girl on the night they opened so it was exciting to go back. They have a fantastic wine list and the food is wonderful! The service is impeccable and is actually what makes me love this restaurant. My waiter was so nice and went above and beyond to make sure my experience was perfect. The hostess was also so sweet and made me feel welcome as soon as I walked through the door. I can't wait to visit NYC again and eat at Fresco by Scotto!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service and food
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I brought a group of 10 business associates to dinner here and everyone raved about the food and service. We started out with the antipasti's (vegetable and meat/cheese) plus a small pizza assortment- all excellent. Everyone raved about their entree's as well and we finished it off with an assortment of desserts that were excellent. The wine steward did a great job in picking out an Italian Pinot that was well-priced and very flavorful. Highly recommend it for anyone with business in Midtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavBern
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fresco is always a good place for dinner. It is a long time favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!!!
    donn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Fresco as a surprise gift from our daughter for our 43rd wedding anniversary. We both enjoyed the food tremendously and plan a trip back soon. I have already shared our positive experience with friends who are now anxious to try it themselves. The food was wonderful; great service and very classy!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant
    Judy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful lunch! Enjoyed every bite of my food. Have never had a bad meal here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New York
    Haileyres
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We go to Fresco every time we visit New York. You can count on good food and good service. Owner, Marion is always there to greet guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    DebA
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A wonderful place with great food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Find
    Debralee22
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was recommended by a friend. Everything about the place was excellent. There were four of us and we all loved it. It's a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Love this restaurant! Have been here several times to dine casually and to celebrate special occasions, and have never been disappointed. Top notch food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional - All the above!
    KevinP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What a place! Exceptional! Everything Exceptional! Plus, Rudy G was there at his normal front table!!!!!! Exceptional! Must do in NYC! Best Italian I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient For Mid Town Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    ok but somewhat overpriced food for lunch. Nice ambiance and attentive service. Chicken caesar salad used low quality dressing and chicken. Fried calamari good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall meal!
    CTdiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was very delicious and not too fancy; just focused on taste and did a great job with flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    ShontoVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The Scotto family does an outstanding job with consistently great Italian food, wonderful service and a notable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happycamperVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Springroll
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our food was great, service very nice, would recommend and come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresco by Scotto
    BonApetit
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.