Sant Ambroeus is a celebrated pasticceria and confetteria with origins dating back to Milan, Italy where they first opened in the 1930s. The first U.S. Sant Ambroeus location opened on Madison Avenue in 1982, quickly garnering regular guests who would gather each morning for cappuccinos or espresso, and come together for meals and homemade sweets.
Sant Ambroeus’ success led the restaurant to grow beyond Madison Avenue with five locations in Manhattan today. In addition to their New York locations and Milan, the restaurant can also be found in Palm Beach, Southampton, and their newly opened East Hampton location.
Sant Ambroeus is not new to the Hamptons, with their Southampton location already well-established. Now East End residents and visitors can enjoy the highest quality Italian cuisine with chef crafted breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus in the heart of East Hampton. The newest location was inspired by the parallels of the East End of Long Island and the Italian seaside.
General Manager of Sant Ambroeus East Hampton, Jorge Flores, spoke more about the opening, what makes the restaurant special, and what customers can expect at the new setting.
How much does this new location influence the Sant Ambroeus experience, whether it be the dishes, the atmosphere, or the approach to the restaurant?
JF: I feel East Hampton adds to our seasonal locations, with an even bigger emphasis on the ocean. You see that influence all throughout the menu.
What makes this new location special and unique from the other Sant Ambroeus restaurants?
JF: The menu was designed specifically for this location. East Hampton is also one of our more intimate spaces that has an intense focus on the dining room experience.
How did you get started in this industry?
JF: I started as a busboy at Sant Ambroeus Southampton 10 years ago with Mr. and Mrs. Pauli [partners of SAHG]; it’s been an incredible journey ever since.
Do you have a favorite Sant Ambroeus dish?
JF: I love all the dishes, but one of my favorites is the Risotto di Mare; I also love the Filet Mignon with black peppercorn sauce made by the executive chef of East Hampton, Miguel Gutierrez.
What has been your greatest accomplishment working in this industry to-date?
JF: My greatest accomplishment working for this industry is becoming the GM here at Sant Ambroeus East Hampton and creating a positive workplace.
What is your favorite pastime in the Hamptons?
JF: Trying new restaurants, of course!
What’s special about Hamptons customers that can’t be found anywhere else?
JF: The Hamptons guests are really looking for an experience, something more than what they can get at any other restaurant.
What can customers expect from the new East Hampton location?
JF: We strive to provide an intimate dining experience with the most professional and warm service. Guests should expect to feel like they are in their second home following their meal. There will also be many seasonal dishes with fresh ingredients, as well as takes on classic items – all which will be exceptionally created at Sant Ambroeus East Hampton.
Sant Ambroeus East Hampton is located at 66 Newtown Lane. For more information about the restaurant and their newly opened East Hampton location, visit https://www.santambroeus.com.