We did it with ice cream and root beer… the Italians did it with gelato and espresso.
What’s affogato? It’s an Italian dessert that involves a scoop of gelato smothered in hot espresso, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. The one pictured above is served with a chocolate pirouette at L’Arte de Gelato inside the NYC Chelsea Market.
I had my first affogato in San Francisco at Blue Bottle, not realizing it wasn’t exactly a beverage. After having my first scoop of creamy gelato drenched in bold espresso–I learned immediately to order it if I ever saw it on a coffeehouse menu again. In DC–affogatos are offered at artisan gelato cafes like Dolcezza and Pitango.