October 17, 2022 | 6:45 p.m

Rosanna Scotto says that troubled chat show veteran Wendy Williams is planning to open a restaurant and has been picking her brain about the hospitality business.

Scotto has run the star-studded Fresco by Scotto since 1993 and has apparently inspired Williams, who has had some extra time on her hands since her much-loved show went off the air in February.

“She loves the meatballs at Fresco,” the similarly beloved “Good Day New York” co-host told us, “and the last time I talked to her she’s like, ‘OK, Rosanna, I am coming to Fresco and I want the meatballs and then you’re going to help me open up my own restaurant.’ And I’m like, ‘What, sister, you wanna take my people away to your restaurant?”

“I don’t know if she wants me to waitress or what,” Scotto kidded, “but she did tell me she wants to open her own restaurant and she wants me to help… If there is [a restaurant] from Wendy, it will be big competition but I love her.”

The troubled star has been picking the Fresco by Scotto owner’s brain about the hospitality business.
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Aside from her unfortunate exit from the airwaves, broadcasting legend Williams, 58, has had a rough time lately with ongoing health problemssubstance strugglesand concerns about her mental well-being and inner circle.

But Scotto, 64, says that if she got the chance to help Williams with her woes, she would take her on a spa day.

“A spa day… is always a good thing. A little massage and some girl time. Just some down time. No fancy clothes and make-up. Just a good girls’ time.”

But the veteran anchor told us she doesn’t like to cover Williams’ headline-grabbing travails on the air.

Williams has been looking for new projects since her show went off the air in February.
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“We are cool, but it’s hard for me to talk about her sometimes. I try not to. When there’s something that I don’t really want to talk about on air I kind of excuse myself from it,” she said, “I don’t want the scoop on my friend. They can have the exclusive.”

Scotto served as master of ceremonies at the Global Lyme Alliance gala at Cipriani 42nd Street Thursday night. Larry Scott served as the event planner.