Fresco by Scotto

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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SB
Atlanta
108 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I was unimpressed by Fresco by Scotto. The food and service were just average. There are way too many Italian restaurants in NYC to settle for average. I choose this restaurant because one guest needed gluten free options which they had but it was just an average experience. I am not sure that I will return.

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Great dinner! Dennis was excellent and entertaining! Would definitely dine there again!

DP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ridiculous prices but you know that going on. Having said that service should be impeccable and it was not. Blonde haired Dee ice annoying and kept a steady dialogue with the table next to us who were tourists from Virginia.

MW
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! She was an older female with short blowfish gray hair. In addition to the food, she made our experience special. We will definitely return!

E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our table. Loved the attention. Loved the food. Loved it all!!

d
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just right

BA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant can be loud at night but we live it for a late lunch or early dinner. The food is flawless and the service is exceptional.

SM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual.

D
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service here was incredible. The restaurant was very busy, but we had several servers stopping at our table throughout dinner to check if we needed anything. The food was very good; highly recommend the margherita pizza - one of the children ordered it and we all had a slice. It was a bit pricey for a family dinner, but the experience was worth it.

b
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible location, incredible dinner, incredible staff!

JC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at Fresco! Marion greeted us as we arrived. Our waiter was personable and very friendly. Service was timed perfectly between courses....not rushed...not too slow. Atmosphere couldn't scream NYC any better! Especially in early December to kick off the holiday season. Will keep going back again and again!

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Service is impeccable and the food melts in your mouth.

ML
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, overall great experience! We will definitely go back!!

GC
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Service was very good but that was the only good part of the meal. My dish Gnocchi Cacio E Pepe was the worst ricotta gnocchi I ever had. The sauce was all butter and pepper. There was no cheese as there usually is with this dish. My wife’s dish was the rigatoni with eggplant. The rigatoni came out so undercooked you could cut your mouth. The eggplant rollatini and baked clams appetizer were tasteless. The Italian ricotta cheesecake was not authentic. This place must cater to tourists who have no idea what good Italian food is. The bill for two adults and one child was over $350 with tip. Overpriced terrible food. Will not return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good way overpriced for its level. Plate of pasta $37 is way too high.

G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Efficient, fast service. Great place. The burrata cheese was amazing. Great homemade pastas.

SV
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have loved watching the Scotto family cook on the today show and wanted to try their restaurant. I made reservations well in advance of our New York City trip. I was surprised when we were seated in the front cafe room, not the main dining room. The ambience isn't nearly as nice in the cafe. We were seated in a tiny table that was wedged between many other tables. This is fairly common in NYC, but overly tight in the cafe.

The food was good, but not outstanding. The best part of our meal was the zucchini chips with gorgonzola. The appetizer came with potato chips also, but my mom is trying to eat low carb. They were very good, very thinly sliced and baked with gorgonzla drizzled on top. I ordered the ravioli specialty that was a chicken, mushroom and ricotta mixture. The pasta was very light and fresh, the filling was just ok. The sauce was a cherry tomato butter sauce that was mild in flavor. My mom ordered the meatball appetizer that came with a spoonful of ricotta on the side. It was very good and a large portion.

This place is not cheap. I had one glass of wine that was their house label. We split an app , had another app as a main course, plus my ravioli and it came to $160. You definitely pay a lot for the Scotto name. I'm glad I went, but won't put it on my list for a return visit.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Family reunion

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GF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Looking forward to returning.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The most overpriced restaurant I think I have ever been too. I ordered a Cob salad -- I could not believe
the price was $45. It arrived small with a few bits of bacon and wilted lettuce. We will never return
and certainly will not recommend.

J
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco’s is a guarantee positive experience. Experienced 1st Class service combined with genuine quality Italian food every time all the time.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estate planning session with our kids and Lawyer

OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of NYC!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat and socialize in NYC

m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, great service but $29 for pizza?

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!! Was searching for a place to eat on Open Table after our matinee and Fresco by Scotto came up. We gave it a try and so glad we did! Would highly recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

JJ
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Thanksgiving st Fresco by Scotto. We had a great experience. My husband and youngest son had the turkey dinner. I had the salmon and my oldest son had the penne with chicken and veal. Each course was delicious. Highly recommend.

AL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb Thanksgiving dinner. The service was so gracious and attentive. The food was excellent and the portions were very generous. Every course was delicious and fulfilling. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend Thanksgiving. They made us feel like family from the first hello to the last goodbye.

PP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Anthony Scotto for making us feel so at home. You’re the best host! And, thank you, Diego, for being so attentive. Thanksgiving was perfect!

CR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at fresco. An amazing family place where the family is always there to ensure highest quality. Everyone is treated with family kindness when you arrive and leave.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Food was delicious and our waitress-Valetina was lovely. The owners we not friendly at all.

DB
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and venue. We dine here practically every time we visit NYC. A favorite.

VD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I have not been in a few years but it Iwas just as delicious as I remembered. Can't wait to come to NYC again and have dinner here.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Great for a work lunch or dinner

RK
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday with friends. One of my favorite restaurants. Never disappointing. Service, food, atmosphere, and of course the Scotto family always par excellence. Cozy and elegant at the same time.
The food is so delicious it’s hard not to make this place our “go to” whenever we are in town which is at least once a month.

KD
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service always great but just can’t justify the high prices

K
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

While food was good, service was poor. We had to ask twice for bread and waited more than 40 minutes for entrees. Maybe our waiter was having an off day, but it was very slow service. Very disappointing.

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love the food and feel of this place! Warm and inviting, this place is a long term favorite!

MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. TheScotto family always goes out of their way to make the experience special

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