Milan has always been a city of sophisticated sensibilities, where a rich history provides a backdrop for urban savvy, and timeless style intersects with innovation. The worlds of finance, art, fashion, and design have long called this city home, thriving in an atmosphere that both respects tradition and encourages experimentation. This is a city of quality craftsmanship, genuine talent and exacting standards. It was in such city that, in 1936, two pastry chefs joined forces to open café just steps from Teatro La Scala, the legendary opera house. Inspired by the story of the fourth century’s Saint Ambrogio — the patron saint of Milan — the team gave their pasticceria and confetteria the Milanese dialect version of his name. With this, Sant Ambroeus was born, and a devoted following soon emerged. It didn’t take long for the vibrant, welcoming café to become the meeting place for the local intelligentsia, who would begin their day with Sant Ambroeus’ perfectly-crafted cappuccino and sweet cornetto, pop in for lunch to savor a crusty panini, and spend their evening enjoying classic favorites in the restaurant’s elegant dining room.
The second half of the 20th century saw the brand both flourish at home, and expand across the Atlantic.
In 1982, the first Manhattan location of Sant Ambroeus arrived on Madison Avenue, opening its doors to a new crop of locals and international visitors.