Everything is over-the-top at this deafening, crowded place, from the double-barrel name (does a restaurant really need a byline?) to the fried calamari piled a foot high and the even taller prices. Still, the lengthy menu offers tasty choices despite an unbecoming emphasis on the pecuniary side of things: If you turn down the $9 bread basket, your server will graciously offer you complimentary bread as if it were a special dispensation. The giant $42 veal chop is enough for two (or three), but there’s a penalty for sharing. The ice-cream sandwich—Bill Clinton allegedly ate ten of them one night—was a dinner-plate-sized, blurry mélange of dry praline meringue and cloying cinnamon ice cream with overly sweet chocolate sauce.
Fresco by Scotto
|Venue name:||Fresco by Scotto||Contact:|
34 E 52nd St
|Cross street:||between Madison and Park Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:45pm, 5:30–10:45pm; Sat 5:30–10:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $35. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|