Meet The Family Behind One Of NYC's Best Italian Restos

1Photo: Courtesy of The New Potato.
On a quest for the next big thing in the food industry, sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann have begun the journey with The New Potato. Profiling chefs, restauranteurs, and celebrities alike with cuisine questionnaires, the world of dining has reached a whole new level of delish. This week, the ladies chat with the Scotto family..
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Family-run businesses…well, you know how we feel about them. We’re sisters who started an online magazine together, after all. We love one another 99% of the time, and the other 1%, well — that’s small potatoes. Our parents are in business together as well (in the jewelry industry), so it’s safe to say the Kosanns are a bunch that do in fact, bring business home. Turns out though, we’re not the only ones.
We’ve recently fallen in love with another family who mixes business and pleasure. The Scottos, who together own Fresco By Scotto (a New York City legend) in Manhattan’s midtown, may just be the warmest family we’ve encountered to date. One quick trip to the restaurant soon turned into lasagna, wine, and musings on selfies, shopping, and summers in the Hamptons (think of an Italian version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
The cast of characters includes Marion Scotto, ”The Boss,” who is mother to everyone as well as the front of the house charmer; Anthony Scotto Jr. (son) — the wine aficionado and business mind; daughter Elaina Scotto, a former PR executive for the likes of Saint Laurent, who brings a smart savvy utterly necessary for the restaurant industry; and Rosanna Scotto (daughter) — the lovely Fox News anchor with three Emmys under her belt who is Fresco by Scotto’s “President of Schmoozing.” Need a family tree yet? Watch as the Scotto troupe cooks up their famous lasagna, and see each of their answers to the same five questions about how to run a restaurant…
Marion Scotto
The New Potato: Favorite menu item at Fresco by Scotto?
Marion Scotto: "Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Sicilian Meatballs."
Your first priority when entering the restaurant?
"To have happy staff greeting our customers."
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The most important aspect of the restaurant business?
"Making sure my customers have a great all around experience wining and dining."
The most important thing to know about a customer?
"To know their likes and dislikes."
If you could add one thing to Fresco by Scotto, what would it be? "Another big private room to accommodate all my customers."
Who is the one person that hasn’t come in that you’d like to have in the restaurant?
"John Travolta; he’s Italian, I’m Italian — we have a lot in common!"
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Rosanna Scotto
Favorite menu item at Fresco by Scotto?
"My favorite item is the grilled salmon. It’s delicious and keeps me on my perpetual diet."
Your first priority when entering the restaurant?
"My first priority upon entering Fresco is to get a drink. I am there to schmooze!"
The most important aspect of the restaurant business?
"Making sure there are interesting people in the restaurant. I like to invite my TV friends."
The most important thing to know about a customer?
"The most important thing to know about a customer is if they watch Fox 5, of course."
If you could add one thing to Fresco by Scotto, what would it be?
"If I could add one more thing to Fresco, it would be more pasta."
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Who is the one person that hasn’t come in that you’d like to come in?
"George Clooney."
2Photo: Courtesy of The New Potato.
Elaina Scotto
Favorite menu item at Fresco by Scotto?
"The potato and zucchini chips with melted gorgonzola cheese; it’s the ultimate in comfort food."
Your first priority when entering the restaurant?
"Inspect the location and respond to emails."
The most important aspect of the restaurant business?
"Keeping food and labor costs down."
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The most important thing to know about a customer?
"Knowing their allergies — and staying out of their personal business. Less is more."
If you could add one thing to Fresco by Scotto, what would it be?
"A larger kitchen and work space."
Who is the one person that hasn’t come in that you’d like to come in?
"Brad Pitt."
Anthony Scotto Jr.
Favorite menu item at Fresco by Scotto?
"Slow-braised pork shank with roasted root vegetables, Fresco’s creamy polenta, and a veal red wine reduction."
Your first priority when entering the restaurant?
"Today's specials."
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The most important aspect of the restaurant business?
"Our staff."
The most important thing to know about a customer?
"Everything and anything to make our customers feel like they are in 'their' dining room."
If you could add one thing to Fresco by Scotto, what would it be?
"Another restaurant."
Who is the one person that hasn’t come in that you’d like to come in?
"Bruce Springsteen."

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