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Southampton: You'll leave hungry

A glass of gelato on a table inside

A glass of gelato on a table inside Sant Ambroeus in Southampton in front of a painted mural with 3-Dimensional figures. Photo Credit: J. Michael Dom

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.

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

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