34 E. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
By eastvillagered on 11/7/2011
I made a reservation for three girl friends and myself for 6pm on a Friday. Granted that was very early but when I walked in, the radio was playing at the bar with advertisements, get an ipod, no one wants to hear the radio with screaming ads. We then were seated in the corner at a very small table, on top of several other tables even though the rest of the restaurant was empty at that hour. The place started filling up but was DEAD SILENT. What are we in church? No music and everyone was whispering at the table. My friends and I were all laughing and having a great time and another patron asked us in an extremely condescending tone to lower our voices, he also screamed extremely rude comments at us. We were being somewhat loud but the place was so quiet, that did not help. This is not a place for a young, interesting crowd, more for your grandmother or tourists. Food was also VERY mediocre too, was too much salt and sage in ravioli and I love salt. Apps came out so fast, which makes me think they were all pre-made. I will say the ribs were decent and service was very good but overall a very unmemorable meal. I live in the East Village where the Italian restaurants like Il Bagato, Lavangna, Il buco, Frank's, Max's are very fresh and made to order and they are fun experiences!!! People also laugh and talk.. they do not sit in silence.
By HC83 on 5/3/2011
I visited from London last week and had dinner at Fresco with my family. We had a wonderful evening - the staff were welcoming, friendly and funny, and the food was impeccable. I had pasta with a spicy shrimp and tomato sauce, and (amazing) hazelnut ice cream for dessert - it was really simple food with great quality ingredients. It was a little pricey but I'd definitely recommend it for a special evening.
By mercerbaby on 10/2/2010
Garbage has a new name
By zukimac on 8/14/2010
I wanted to take my 13 year old son to this restaurant because I had seen the Scotto family on the Today show. The family seemed so happy and welcoming. We made reservations, showed up for lunch on time but were placed away in a corner of the restaurant as if to hide us. I was wearing a nice outfit, shorts and a blouse, my son was wearing a nice shirt and shorts. The customers were all young business professionals, at first my son felt out of place but I assured him that they would be happy to take our money. Our waitress was wonderful. But the hostess and the Mrs. Scotto were rude, both of them checked us out , up and down, and if dirty looks could kill....... I would not be alive to give this review. This restaurant was very pricey, so unless you are made of money (and dressed to their liking) you might want to try another place.
By hilton_k on 1/20/2008
enjoyed the food. enjoyed the atmosphere. very disappointed to be asked to leave because "the lobby was crowded and they needed the table". the four of us had not even finished our martinis. we were not there 2 hours. we ate apps thru to dessert--spent $400. we will not be going back....
By markedwardphoto on 12/16/2005
This is a busy central Italian restaurant where you are treated with dignity and respect even if you wear jeans. Look around and you might catch a billionair or a celeb sitting near by. Food is fantastic with enought to fill you but not stuff you. Highly recommend.
By JustJack on 11/18/2004
Having eaten at reataurants in all price ranges over the years, I feel that I can speak with some authoriy. From my point of view Fresco is without equal in NYC. From the moment you walk in the door until the moment you depart you feel as if you visited family. The food is superb and the staff wonderful. It can be pricey but well worth every dollar you will spend. Bring an appetite.
By truly_sweet on 9/19/2003
You will definitely need a nap after this heavy handed Italian lunch time treat. While, the sauces are tasty, and the pastas are fresh - they are fat-laden and calorie-packed. Not good for those of us watching the figure - but tasty, filling Italian fare and good enough to take a client there.
By michelle on 2/21/2003
There's always a warm welcome here by the hosts and the friendly, attentive staff. The food is very good, and some dishes can be great. It's crowded, but you don't mind once you've settled in.
By sahw on 2/13/2003
Wonderful pastas, all homemade, with sauces to match. Mountainous appetizers, whipped up by the Sotto family, not found in other Italian restuarants. Hard to turn down, but pace yourself for the entrees. Desserts also a delight. The Scotto family embraces you as you enter, whether it be your 1st or 20th visit. When you eat in this restaurant you become part of their family. Just a wonderful place.