As the visionary behind Anthony Scotto Restaurants and President of the Scotto Brothers Hospitality, Anthony Scotto personifies the American dream. After immigrating from Italy to America in 1961, he started out working at his uncle's Italian restaurant, Romano's, in Brooklyn. He worked second jobs while going to night school to learn English, with the ultimate goal of opening his own restaurant.
His dream became a reality in 1967, when Anthony and his brothers opened Scotto's Pizzeria in Port Washington - a little pizzeria serving quality Italian comfort food. It was a true family enterprise and even the children pitched in, developing a passion for the business early in life.
In 1978, the family portfolio expanded to include the Chateau Briand (Carle Place), then a small catering facility, which they transformed into one of the region's leading venues. Just a few years later came The Steer Barn chain - Anthony's first venture into American steakhouses, featuring a menu of steaks and chops, served up in a warm, rustic interior. In the mid 1980s, the Westbury Manor and Fox Hollow (Woodbury) catering facilities were acquired. Both were highlighted by traditional mansions with grand ballrooms and acres of beautiful gardens with lush landscaping and water features.
In 1994, The Watermill (Smithtown) was acquired as the first venture outside of Scotto Brothers. Anthony partnered with his daughters, Silvana and Monica to purchase this renowned catering facility in Suffolk County. In 2002, Scotto Brothers then ventured into the hotel sector, building The Inn at Fox Hollow.
In 2005, Blackstone Steakhouse was opened, setting a new standard for steakhouses on Long Island. Expanding the steakhouse portfolio - Rare650 (Syosset) and Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi (Smithtown) both followed from 2009 to 2011. Both restaurants are located in beautiful Hampton's-style mansions combined with Manhattan-like interiors. In 2016, Anthony Scotto purchased the historic Maine Maid Inn and completely renovated it to create Opus Steakhouse (Jericho), a chic new 20,000 square foot restaurant and catering venue, unlike anything on Long Island. In 2018, Anthony Scotto purchased the former Wonder Bread Factory in Melville and in 2019, Anthony Scotto opened One10 Restaurant (Melville), a completely new restaurant which sits in the bustling 110 corridor featuring Italian inspired cuisine. Also in 2019, Anthony Scotto acquired Jewel Restaurant which is located in the Rubies Building on 110. This restaurant is currently closed for renovation and will soon open as a new culinary concept in Spring 2021!.
On a personal note, Anthony is a true family man who spends as much time as possible with his children and 9 grand-children, often over home-cooked meals. His summers are spent back in Naples, enjoying the simple life in the small fishing village where he grew up. In addition, Anthony and his group are big believers in giving back to charities and supporting those less fortunate. Each year he hosts a large Toys for Tots event at the Fox Hollow, providing hundreds of gifts for children in need. He also donates a portion of the proceeds from the opening week of All new restaurants to local Long Island charities. To date these donations, exceed $300,000.
Anthony can look back with much pride and satisfaction over the past 50 years, rising from humble beginnings to the very pinnacle of his field, and revolutionizing the catering and restaurant industry on Long Island in the process. And, in case you’re wondering what’s next for Anthony and his restaurant group, here’s an update. They recently purchased the former Wonder Bread Factory in Melville and have started construction on a new restaurant. So, stay tuned. With an undeniable passion to create fine dining experiences, Anthony Scotto is just getting started.