Fresco by Scotto

The Scotto Family’s Tribute to New York

By W.A. Muller

What you and your family do for fun to relax during the summer?

My family and I really enjoy the summer out at the beach. In fact, my parents, Marion and Anthony, my sister Elaina and her husband Brett Yormark, my husband, Lou Ruggiero, and all our kids live in, what we affectionately call, an upscale share house. We bought the house together ten years ago. It is a home filled with cooking and laughter. We love to entertain—whether it’s a casual barbecue or our enormous Sunday dinner.

My brothers and their wives have their own homes, but they know Sunday is family day and their kids don’t want to miss that pasta and meatballs!

Any favorite Hamptons’ memories or traditions?

We have thrown birthday celebrations and pre-wedding parties at our house. Each one is special.

We also remember when our Fresco on the Go catered Bridgehampton polo for several summers. The food became a very popular part of the match. We couldn’t keep up with the demand for serving our pizzas and potato and zucchini chips, so we put fake mustaches on our children and enlisted them as waiters. It was hysterical and practical.

We have since stopped doing polo, but we still do party catering and backstage concerts for some of the biggest names in music!

Does Fresco by Scotto offer any summer specialties on the menu (food/drinks)?

At our restaurant in midtown Manhattan, we try to use the freshest ingredients that are seasonal. For example, some of our summer salads will include peaches and watermelon. Soft shell crabs will be served crispy over a refreshing salad. We will also be preparing a delicious pesto with fettuccine made with arugula and basil. However, the Fresco favorites, including our eggplant and zucchini pie and tuna tartare, are enjoyable any and every season.

Any pet projects/causes you want to promote?

My family  and I have participated in the Strides for Life, Lung Cancer awareness walk in Southampton. My parents lost a dear friend and their families keep her memory alive by raising funds for a cure.

Rosanna Scotto along with her mother, Marion, brother, Anthony Jr, and sister Elaina Scotto co-own Fresco by Scotto restaurant for over 23 years. Rosanna is also the co-anchor of Good Day New York on Fox5.

Any celebrity/news anecdotes from the past year that made an impact on you?

Fresco by Scotto attracts a very eclectic crowd—from journalist/feminist Gloria Steinem to actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld to legendary crooner Tony Bennett and business powerhouse Ken Langone. All of them are friendly and easy to talk to.

34 East 52 Street
New York, NY

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