Rosanna and Elaina Scotto Share Their Party Tips
The Scotto sisters help you throw a stress-free soiree
While hosting a holiday get-together is a joyful occasion, many people stress too much on the prep work. We overthink, over-purchase, and stress out over what should be a wonderful time with family and friends.
This year, Rosanna and Elaina Scotto want to help you throw a party that’s fun, festive, and without anxiety.
And, take it from us, the Scotto Sisters know how to throw a party.
Rosanna (who you love as the anchor of Good Day, New York) and her sister, Elaina, are co-owners of Fresco by Scotto, one of New York City’s hottest eateries.
The restaurant is a favorite with A-listers like Jennifer Aniston and Leonardo DiCaprio, who come for Italian dishes like rigatoni Bolognese and eggplant and zucchini Parmigiana.
The sisters share stories and recipes from the beloved restaurant in their new book, Meatballs, Mangia & Memories, which features more than 100 recipes and family stories from 30 years of owning and operating Fresco by Scotto.
Rosanna and Elaina have shared tips with Broken Palate to help make your next party easy to plan and enjoyable for your guests.
Make a playlist! Choose your music to set the mood the night before.
Set your table the night before with flowers and make sure nothing is over 12 inches so you can see across the table.
Keep the meal simple. You don’t need to serve 100 dishes! Serve five: Something for a vegan, a carnivore, someone who wants a lighter meal, and one comfort food item.
Plan ahead! Mark each platter and what you intend to serve on it.
Set up a buffet so everyone can serve themselves.
Create a special cocktail to make the night especially festive! Here’s a fun holiday drink recipe that the Scotto sisters shared with Broken Palate
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. cranberry syrup
1 1/2 oz. green apple-soaked bourbon
1/3 oz. Campari
1 egg white
Add ingredients into shaker and dry shake (no ice) for 15 seconds, until frothy.
Add ice and shake until chilled.
Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an apple slice or macerated cherry.