To leave the streets of New York and step into one of Sant Ambroeus’s many restaurants, is to walk face-first into a traditional Milanese experience.
From the interior design, to the kitchen equipment, to the custom-branded Ginori plates that your food’s served on, everything about Sant Ambroeus is authentically Italian — and that’s before we even get to what’s on the menu.
“If you look at the crux of the menu, it hasn’t changed since 1936,” Gaetano Guarducci, Head of Business Development for the restaurant, tells me on a video call. Sant Ambroeus has, as he describes it, been in his DNA since he was born, with his father, Gherardo Guarducci, being the co-owner of the SA Hospitality Group that owns Sant Ambroeus.
Founded in Milan in 1936 — “When you go to Milan, Sant Ambroeus is more of a religion because it’s been there for almost a hundred years,” says Gaetano — it was only in the ’80s that the restaurant expanded across the Atlantic, offering its quintessentially Italian approach to dining in Manhattan, New York.
All decked out with its signature pink color scheme (which we’ve utilized for an exclusive collaborative collection, available to shop from September 8), Sant Ambroeus now has locations across America, with New Yorkers having the option of five outposts in Manhattan. But one location in particular has become an unofficial Fashion Week landmark, and that’s the Sant Ambroeus in SoHo.
Filled wall to wall with fashion editors, local skaters, loyal regulars, and everyone in between, it’s become one of the prime spots to head to. “You need that [mix of people] because it’s a neighborhood restaurant,” says Gaetano. “We don’t cater to only one specific person.”
According to Gaetano, the restaurant’s SoHo outpost turns into a zoo during New York Fashion Week — and he means that in the best way possible, of course. Dining at the Italian eatery has become so popular that one year it even had its own branded cars to drive high-profile guests from fashion shows to Sant Ambroeus in SoHo.
As with any high-quality bar or cafe in a fashion capital, such as
Browsing through the paparazzi shots that have been taken outside of its many locations, brings up a who’s who of A-listers. From the Kardashian/Jenner clan to Dennis Rodman and everyone in-between, its restaurants have become a magnet for big-name stars, all of whom come for a taste of its Italian specialties.
Recipes that have been brought over from Milan, such as the vitello tonnato or the Milanese risotto, make up the crux of a time-honored menu that continues to draw crowds. Open from breakfast to dinner, whether it be from a coffee bar, pastry section, gelato stand, or main kitchen, there’s always something on offer — for Gaetano: “It’s more than a restaurant, it’s a full-day experience.”
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