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About 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.

34 East 52nd st
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Park & Madison

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 935-3434

Website:
http://www.frescobyscotto.com/

Entertainment:
"People watching at it"s best" Zagat

Catering:
Please Call Elaina Scotto or Natalie at 2127542700, we will handle all your catering needs.

Parking Details:
Parking available after 6pm on the street. otherwise private parking lot on 52nd st. Park and Lexington

Public Transit:
5th ave station on E and M line. 51st street station 6 line. 47-50 station B,D,F.

Executive Chef:
Beau Houck

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

FRESCO by Scotto® RESTAURANT will be open for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018!
Lunch served from 12noon to 3pm and Dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm!
ala carte menu with 'Love Specials"

Private Dining

FRESCO by Scotto can accommodate private parties.

Fresco by Scotto Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (61)
Good for a Date (57)
Special Occasion (56)
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Good for Anniversaries (44)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Authentic (43)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for Groups (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Notable Wine List (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fun (25)
People Watching (24)
Romantic (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Cozy (19)
Casual (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Seasonal (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food like mamma used to make! Great attentive service, meatballs best ever!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

this lunch was for a colleagues farewell lunch and it could not have been nicer. Our waiter, Dennis, made us feel right at home and very welcomed. I wish we could have invited him to have lunch with us! Very special occasion and the royal treatment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We were supposed to 9 and due to circumstances we were 5. They quickly rearranged table. Service was friendly and excellent. Food was delicious. We had a great time. I highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite city restaurants. It is always filled with energy but the acoustics allow for an easy conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous as always!!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We loved Fresco and will be back the next time we travel to NYC.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was over cooked chicken parm was like cardboard very disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was our second visit ... love, love, love this restaurant !!! The atmosphere, the food and on both occasions our server was simply outstanding. There are so many food items that I wanted to try that I know this restaurant will become a staple for my husband and I every time we visit RI. There are hundreds and hundreds of restaurants in NYC - I'll always try a new one for my 1st night in the city and will definitely visit Fresco by Scotto for a 2nd night !!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food; attentive & friendly wait staff; enjoyable experience. Highly recommend for awesome joe cooked Tuscan Italian fare.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Every time we visit New York, Fresco's is a must dinner out for us. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and the food is perfection.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was inattentive and not extremely friendly. Menu is pricey for what it is - pastas and uninspired “Italian” dishes. Decor is somewhere stuck in the 80s. Can’t say I’d recommend it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I've gone to Fresco's since 2005 and have never been disappointed in the food, ambiance and service. We took my daughter and her family after the Christmas holiday (with her 14 month old toddler) and enjoyed a comfortable and tasty dinner. The portions at lunch are large enough for dinner. Everything was prepared and served properly with an old world grace. The cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe is a wonderfully hearty dish, as is the papardelle with duck ragout.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was delicious waitress excellent rest of wait staff uneven.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Fresco was just OK, prices are a bit high. The waiter up-sold us on the Fresco bread, which was meh, the regular free bread is fine. The $69 bottle of Malbec was good, but is also available at the liquor store for 19.49. The waiter continually poured the wine which is both nice and annoying at the same time.

The pizza, burger and other kid, teenager friendly food is way overpriced and not very kid friendly.

Overall, will not be returning. If you want great Italian food in a Tuscan style environment and the aromas of goodness surrounding you, go to Cielo at the Mayfair hotel on 49th between 7th and 8th.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was presented well, service was top notch, the foood was good, portions were good, the food it self was not so spectacular but definitely good to the price point, the deserts on the other hand did stand out from the crowd with the extra favors on the place, excellent. My overall all is 4 out of 5 stars.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We decided to go and see the tree at Rockerfeller center on xmas eve and wanted to eat close by. We chose Fresco by Scotto because they were near RC and had good reviews. They had a prefixed menu for Christmas Eve and the choices were excellent. We all had delicious meals and a fantastic time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love this restaurant.
Only minor negatives are that spacing is a little tight (typical for NYC, obviously), and menu is somewhat limited.
Other than those minor issues, this is one of my favorite Italian restaurants anywhere. I've gone with just my husband, and with our 3 teenagers. They aren't particularly fussy eaters, but know what they like. No issues finding an amazing dish or two we all love, trade bites of, and think about re-creating at home. Different but not weird or funky. The freshest pasta, which many restaurants can't seem to give solid flavor. Every appetizer and meal here is unique, served in a generous but not ridiculous portion size, and is, most importantly, extremely flavorful - no add'l salt or pepper, etc (and I am definitely an add-salt-to-everything person) needed. Don't even need to add cheese - but who doesn't love an extra heap of freshly-made, freshly-grated, full-flavored cheese? Desserts are worth saving room for. We compare tiramisu from wherever we go; this is at the top of our list. We like to try a different place whenever we get to the city, but Fresco is one we'll head back to repeatedly.
I unfortunately somehow forgot the name of our waitress, who served us both visits - but she was a true NY-style professional. Fantastic at her job, as was all staff we encountered.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was very nice Wait staff excellent Food was very good Excellent wine list

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We are quite familiar with the restaurants in Mid-Town Manhattan and the Upper East Side. Fresco is one of our favorites. We have been there several times, most recently Sat. Dec. 23, but would not be considered "regulars". The place was very busy, but despite this, we were greeted heartily by one of the family owners and were seated right away. The service was prompt, courteous and attentive, but not intrusive, and we were never rushed. The meals were all excellent, and the wines were as ordered, including the vintages on the wine list (which is often not the case in many restaurants). A fine, reliable Italian restaurant in the heart of Mid-Town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service! Waiters always there for whatever you need. Food is delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The meal was very disappointing. The pizza appetizer was so bad. My salmon which i ate 1/3 of was bland. My wife had the pasta with duck which was over spiced. To hear my clients say the meal was "ok" was a huge disappointment. This was their 1st trip to NYC. I was trying to impress and this didnt do it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Restaurant was nice, menu was small and limited. The waiter was not very accommodating at all. My mother has a garlic sensitivity which the waiter seemed unhappy about and told there was only one thing on the menu she could eat which she really didn’t want. This is the first restaurant we have been to where we were told we could not have a plate prepared without garlic which leads me to believe the food is pre-cooked and not “Fresco”

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wir saßen an einem Tisch im Vorraum, obwohl schon vor langer Zeit reserviert. Das Essen war gut aber sehr teuer für Standard Qualität. Es gibt bessere italienische Restaurants in New York für das gleiche Geld.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It was very nice, but it was so overpriced for the food we ate.
They put the nobody's in the front, which was fine for us.
We just had sticker shock.
The place could use a coat of paint as well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Scotto family always welcoming , staff go out of their way to please , attentive service The pasta, ravioli of the day never disappoints. Lunch or Dinner the restaurant is always busy, usually a few political leaders dining an often television personalities. Go ,enjoy ,

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food is always fantastic! The service is great! Obe of my favorite places!!!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

This is our 3rd year in a row returning to Fresco by Scotto in our annual trek to NYC for the Rockettes. It was recommended by a local and I couldn't be happier. Excellent food, good variety. Pastas are cooked perfectly and with a good diversity of options. Intimate but energetic space, a bit loud but we love it. I received excellent wine recommendations from our server. We will surely be returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Overall fabulous experience. Loved our waiter😊

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Waiter was exceptional
Food was fresh and delicious
One of our favorite places to get together

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food is good but think the prices - especially for pasta dishes, is very high

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food excellent, service attentive but not overbearing and we were not rushed. A little too loud for a business lunch for my liking.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This had been our second time dining at Fresco, we love, love, loved it. There is certainly a return trip in our future. Fantastic food, and our waiter Dennis was unbelievable. A great time was had by all.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Was really looking forward to trying this restaurant for the first time. We were very disappointed with the food, though our service was good. Also the tables are almost right on top of each other. Overall not impressed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food is exellent. Always have a wonderful meal. I introduced three people to this restaurant who have never been there before and they also loved the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Was seated in a horrible table, by waiters workstation and in the middle of the main corridor

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

What a great place, great food, very nice people. Owners present. I go there everytime I am in the city. Wonderful dining experience. Great highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent from every standpoint! The entire staff is so very accommodating and the cuisine is perfection!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Awesome! Great food and fantastic service and staff

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