I have been a customer of Sant Ambroeus in Southampton for many years. My family would always get birthday cakes for myself and other family members at Sant Ambroeus when I was growing up in the Hamptons. The create stunning and delicious cakes for any occasion. This restaurant is one of the most elegant spots to dine at in the Hamptons and is known for its consistent, reputable service coupled with top-notch Northern Italian cuisine. Though you may have stepped inside for their famous gelato or stood by at their chic espresso bar, I must recommend you come in for lunch or dinner for the most unforgettable experience.
This authentic Italian pasticceria and confetteria has strong roots to its Milanese origins. Sant Ambroeus is the name, in Milanese dialect, of Sant ‘Ambrogio, the patron saint of Milan who was born in 334 A.D. Ambrogio, a local governor and lawyer, was appointed bishop of Milan in the year 374. His feast day is celebrated on December 7, the date when he was made a bishop. To this day, Milanese often refer to themselves as “Ambrosiani,” in honor of Sant Ambroeus.
We started our dining experience with cocktails. Melone: Stolichnaya gluten-free Vodka, Aperol, fresh cantaloupe juice; Green Envy: Mayfair Gin, fresh cucumber juice, lemon; and Pirata: Bayou Gold Rum, fresh roasted pineapple juice, orange liqueur, ginger liqueur ($16/each). My favorite was Melone, sipping it was like drinking straight from a cantaloupe with a splash of refreshing spirit.
A variety of fresh, warm bread with butter is individually delivered to the table.
To start, my guests and I had: Barbabietole e Avocado: warm beets, heart of palm, avocado, Parmigiano Reggiano purée ($24); Polpo: charred octopus with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cannellini beans, peperoncino and parsley ($29); and Vitello Tonnato: thinly sliced chilled veal, tuna sauce and capers ($28).
Second course, pasta: Spaghetti alla Carbonara: spaghetti with pancetta, organic egg, parmigiano Reggiano and fresh black pepper ($25); and Tagliatelle alla Bologonese: tagliatelle with a light veal ragu ($29).
Our main dishes were Branzino alla Griglia: grilled Mediterranean sea bass, potatoes and roasted pearl onion in a gren herb sauce ($48); and Cotoletta Sant Ambroeus: traditional veal chop Milanese with roasted cauliflower and mustard sauce ($49).
Every dish deserved five stars. We were utterly impressed. This is the spot in Southampton to impress your significant other. My favorite dishes were the Barbabietole e Avocado, Spaghetti all Carbonara, and Cotoletta Sant Ambroeus. I would come here everyday if I could. Molto delizioso!
In the mid to late afternoon, the restaurant serves hot and cold Panini, Foccacine, and a select list of pasta and main course dishes.
For dessert, we split vanilla gelato with mint and berries, cappuccinos ($8/each), and their famous Sant Ambroeus: chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate custard center ($12). This is the perfect dessert to enjoy with an espresso while reading your favorite book on a mid-summer’s afternoon.
Their impressive dessert menu is the true heart of Sant Ambroeus. Desserts range from fruit tarts, profiterols and millesfoglie to an assortment of gelato, teas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Dessert drinks include cordials, brandy, cognac, and grappa. In the winter, I would recommend their Cioccolata Calda: dense semisweet hot chocolate ($6).
Read their full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu for their West Village, Madison Avenue, SoHo, and Southampton locations as well as their Coffee Bars here. Sant Ambroeus also has a Crudo Bar with such dishes as Carpaccio Di Manzo and Tartare Di Spigola.
Sant Ambroeus has catered Super Saturday for at least the past seven years and their partnership with OCRF goes way back. Read about all about my fun-filled Super Saturday experiences in 2014 and 2015.
http://www.santambroeus.com // 631-283-1233