Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

If it’s true that you can’t be too thin or too rich, it must be true that you have no problem eating out in the Hamptons.

What a neat little package of reasoning, and one that proved perfectly succinct yesterday at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton. I was there having brunch with two friends, both thin and rich.

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We each ordered a salad (mine had maybe a half-dozen bites of crab meat and a couple of tablespoons of shredded lettuce and fennel for $26.) We shared a bowl of no-fat asparagus soup ($14), a small plate of asparagus ($16), and also ordered one glass of chardonnay, one cappuccino and one cup of tea. Our total bill was over $100, plus tip. I left there starving, but secretly admiring my thin/rich friends, who were full.

I have eaten at this Main Street mainstay before, where it's cozy in the backroom, and filled with all sorts of summer beauties. You can even catch a familiar celeb at the coffee or gelato barreally skinny ones. And I must say that I have had a wonderful veal chop Milanese ($44) and charbroiled sea bass ($41) here in summers past.

But if you don’t have any rich friends who insist on picking up the tab, or ones who won’t complain about the nano-portions, turn your heel and head west.

Sant Ambroeus is at 30 Main St., Southampton. 631-283-1233.

Gelato, and the 3-D mural, at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton. Photo by J. Michael Dom