Fresco by Scotto

Restaurants, Italian Midtown East
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Fresco by Scotto
Fresco by Scotto
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.


Venue name: Fresco by Scotto
Address: 34 E 52nd St
New York
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
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