If you’ve been around here for a while you may have heard me mention that my husband and I used to live in Italy. It was when we were dating and first married (ie kid-free) and it was the most amazing experience! Our third real date was actually me flying to Venice to visit him (he was stationed near there in the Army and we were long distance for some time.)
I had never been anywhere before and it was amazing to learn the language, travel to places I only ever dreamed of, try new foods…just a priceless experience overall.
I do have to tell you though, in the first six months I lived there I gained about twenty pounds….the food, oh the food! One of my favorite things to do was grab a gelato after dinner…all the families would be out in their finery each evening around 9pm strolling the main “courso,” or street, eating their gelato. We’d also stop in at one of the many outdoor coffee shops and have a coffee in the evenings as well. One of my favorite desserts was called Affogato al Cafe-it means “drowned in coffee!”
Affogato is traditionally made by pouring espresso over gelato. I don’t have an espresso maker right now so I make mine a little differently but it is yummy all the same! I’d love for you to try it to have your own little taste of Italy! I like to make mine with iced coffee so the gelato doesn’t melt as quickly and I can take my time savoring it. I also like to to use light iced coffee (cause I don’t want those twenty pounds coming back!)Print
An indulgent Italian Coffee Dessert
- ½ cup Iced Coffee
- 3 small scoops Cappuccino-flavored Gelato
- Chocolate Shavings for garnish
- Scoop gelato into small serving dish
- Top with iced coffee and garnish as desired.