Fresco by Scotto

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1875 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Mon - Wed 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu - Sat 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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4.7
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food is always a treat here! True Italian dishes by an incredible true Italian family!

DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Sophisticated but not overdone Italian fare. Service was professional, efficient, unintrusive.

F
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch with delicious food and wine! We were so pleased to find it during our busy shopping day. We asked for a particular table and we were given the table and great service. Upscale, very authentic Italian. A gem of a restaurant. Loved it! Thank you!

s
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Well-prepared food in attractive surroundings presented by a professional staff, but over-priced. Over $40 for a pasta dish that has neither truffles or lobster?

ET
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

the service and food are always on target and make for a delicious lunch experience.

CA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and good! The wine was outstanding as well!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Night out in Manhattan....love the ambiance, service always good; got full quickly on specialty pizza; quiet Monday night...

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hello there great place

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Party of ten
Great help with wine and food selection
It was a magical experience

TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

You get the feeling that if you are a regular, or, a celebrity or a 'name', that somehow you will receive a different experience.

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentina was great! Gave great recommendations and easy going, capable and personable! Well look forward to returning and seeing her again!

ES
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a delicious meal.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Qualità del cibo non corrispondente al prezzo. Condimenti eccessivi che sovrastavano il gusto delle portate e dei contorni

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LD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife’s favorite restaurant. We celebrated both her and my son’s birthday. Outstanding service and food. And mrs Scotto greeting you at the door remains a New York treasure. Worth the trip. Our favorites. Well that would be everything. Cheers

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service .. food was fabulous!!!

E
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday and couldn't be more pleased with the waiter (table #39) the food and the fact that Marion Scotto came to our table to say hello to us. It was truly a delightful evening! My only regret was that I didn't take a picture of Mrs Scotto with my wife. Next time?

J
Caribbean
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Very disappointed that we did not receive open table points even though we booked through open table. Very overpriced. A Caesar Salad which was incredibly small was $24.00.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wonderful staff. So friendly and very attentive. I will definitely be going back.

KW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy to have returned to the restaurant...JR could not have been nicer or more professional.
You will see much more of me.
Ken Wyse

d
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can't say enough about this restaurant. It's our absolute favorite for Italian fare in NYC. The service stands out--so professional, distinguished and upscale. The staff is an all-around class-act. You feel pampered from the moment you see the hostess/maitre d' until the moment you leave. Food and wine service are the best we've had in years...reminds us of dining in Italy. And the food...well, it is just incredible. The time and attention to detail that is put into the ingredients and the preparation shows in every bite. Best Italian food in NYC by far!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious but definitely paying for the Scotti name.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The location was excellent, right off 5th Avenue. The food was superb. We had a party or 8 and all my guests could hear each other. Background noise level was low. Service was excellent. Highly recommended.

CS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have always love Fresco by Scotto's since my boss at NASCAR, Brett Yormark, brought me to Scotto's for lunch...Sorry we missed Anthony the other night but love everything about Scotto's and our Scottish waiter was awesome too! Can't wait for the next time.

AG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would eat there again and again. Great food and lovely welcoming atmosphere!!!

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a staple for amazing italian food in Midtown East! Love their Menu options as well their wine list! Cheers Fresco! Marco

TP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I thought it was going to be so much better. The staff was hovering way too much. The food was good but I have had Italian cuisine that was much better. The pushing of the very overpriced wine list was a bit much. My husband had asked if they had bucatini alla amirticana and he was told no. I was surprised that the waitress didn’t offer to talk to the chef, to see if the chef would make it. The waitress was lovely but the staff came over so much, it was hard to hold a conversation with my husband.

F
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We love watching Roseanne on Fox and wanted to experience her family restaurant that she talks so lovingly about. My kids gave me a gift certificate for my birthday to do just that. I was dining with my husband and my youngest son.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting. From the moment I said we’d have tap water I felt judged. Our water glasses weren’t refilled. My husband ordered a bottle of wine and we ordered dinner . Their menu has a plastic cover.
While I can appreciate why they have a plastic cover on their menu, their price point doesn’t reflect that kind of establishment. Definitely pricey.
We ordered a pizza to share as an appy. It had prosciutto, tomato and baby arugula on it with an extremely thin crust. The pizza as a whole was delicious but at $28 there should be prosciutto on each slice. The side of burnt broccoli we ordered was brought out with our pizza? Why, who knows .
For dinner we all ordered the Branzino, and declared it delicious. There’s that word again. Our burnt broccoli made a come back, it had been sitting somewhere waiting to be server at the proper time. It was soggy not crisp as burn broccoli should be. I happen to like more garlic and now that I think about it more burn.
About midway through the meal the waiter poured the little bit that was left of our wine and took my empty glass off the table. Now, three people to one bottle goes very quickly. We have been know to order a second, but the other wine glasses were taken off the table the moment they were empty and were never given the chance to order more.
My advice hold onto your fork! The minute you’ve finished with a serving your plate is whisked away. What if I happened to want more of that burnt broccoli.
Dinner was over in an hour fifteen. And that was partly due to the gift card. Too fast for the kind of establishment they are and the prices they charge.
Timing is everything and theirs was definitely off. But the food was delicious

FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had an extraordinary time. Food was great
Thanks for making our day complete.

MF
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic Italian cuisine with a little US influence (light sauce dressing for the salad instead of olive oil and balsamic vinegar). We had pasta with chicken and veal bolognese and chicken paillard. Everything was really fresh and well prepared; in particular, ragu sauce was genuinely home made and delicate. The menu provides a wide variety of dishes (truly Italian) and service was very attentive. I'll definitely come back on my next trip to NY!

MR
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our wedding anniversary. The wait staff couldn’t have been nicer.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Our waiter was very good in his recommendations. Would definately go back.

NL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are incredibly attentive and very kind. Food is delicious.

d
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I cannot say enough about our recent evening at Fresco. Top notch service and atmosphere but most importantly, the food was absolutely phenomenal...from appetizer to dessert. FANTASTIC and we can’t wait to come back again. Highly recommend!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and great food.

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were by an open window looking out onto the sidwalk of NYC. For us it was perfect. Food was a good representation of Tuscan. Missing a few things like pesto but what the did have was quite good. The service is what stood out. Ever person that approached the table came with a smile and sincerely seemed to try to improve our time there. It gave a sense of dining in Italy.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food
Excellent sommelier
Antonio very special waiter

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Way over-priced.

SK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch option for Midtown! The service is consistently professional, the food is delicious, and the ambience is relaxing and fun.

s
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very pricey
No points on open table awarded

CL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious pasta. The complementary bread was very good as well as the spread they put on the table to go with it. Everyone was very Pleasant and friendly . Our server , Antonio , was very nice and informative . We will definitely return again and will recommend to friends .

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