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By Florence Fabricant
Fresco by Scotto
This neighborhood restaurant, run by Marion Scotto, along with her children, Elaina Scotto, Rosanna Scotto and Anthony Scotto Jr., has emerged from its pandemic hiatus in good shape. (It was open briefly last fall for outdoor dining only.) It’s not your typical local spot — it’s been a Midtown Manhattan magnet for the worlds of television, fashion, business and politics since 1993 — and that it’s busy again is a healthy sign. Now, for summer and beyond, it has an alluring new look with sidewalk seating surrounded by verdant lemon trees for a hint of Capri. There’s also a new chef, Ben Kacmarcik, who was at Pastis. (In 2016, his Bourdainesque exposé, “A Kitchen Lost …: An Open Letter on the End of a Kitchen Era,” was published.) Some items he’s added to the three-course lunch ($39), four-course dinner ($84) and à la carte menus include a mozzarella tower, grilled Caesar salad, lemon primavera pasta, paccheri amatriciana, yellowfin tuna panzanella and a rainbow ice cream tower.
34 East 52nd Street, 212-935-3434, frescobyscotto.com.
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