The Group

SA Hospitality Group is Italian at heart, the vision of Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli who have translated old-world sensibilities to appeal to modern-day New York City clientele. Since 2003, SA Hospitality Group has expanded to a selective group of iconic New York neighborhoods with its three brands: Sant Ambroeus, Casa Lever, Felice with 14 restaurant locations in Manhattan, Southampton, NY and Palm Beach, FL.

madison avenue, west village, soho, southampton, palm beach, Coffee Bar at Loews Regency Hotel, Coffee Bar at Sotheby’s

Sant Ambroeus

The original Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in Milan in 1936, and quickly acquired a devoted following in northern Italy’s cosmopolitan capitol. In New York, Sant Ambroeus originated on Madison Avenue, where the restaurant recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and expanded to locations including the West Village, Soho, Southampton and Palm Beach, FL; Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at Loews Regency in Midtown Manhattan, Coffee Bar at Sotheby’s and Coffee Bar at Hanley. Sant Ambroeus restaurant recollects these authentic Milanese origins, and the latest openings build upon these time-honored traditions while broadening Sant Ambroeus’ clientele and vision.

Casa Lever & Casa Lever Gardens

Casa Lever

Casa Lever restaurant opened on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in 2009, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and quickly became the preferred venue for business and fine dining. Casa Lever is in the iconic Lever House building, where guests dine surrounded by artworks of Damien Hirts. The sophisticated menu ranges from classic Italian recipes to more unexpected combinations and features a raw bar that offers fresh caught Hamachi, Ahi Tuna and Santa Barbara Sea Urchin.​

83, 64, 56, 15 gold street, bar


The first FELICE Wine Bar and Ristorante was opened in 2007 by SA Hospitality Group partner, Jacopo Giustiniani and Gherardo Guarducci. Growing up in Florence, Jacopo developed a passion for Italian food and Tuscan wines. His family winery in Lucca, Fattoria Sardi Giustiniani, produces the private label wines and olive oil for Sant Ambroeus brand. FELICE delivers the authentic Tuscan flavors of his homeland to the most dynamic city in the world, New York City.

FELICE brand has now three locations in the Upper East Side: Felice 83, Felice 64 and BAR Felice; Midtown: Felice 56 and the Financial District: Felice 15 Gold Street.​