Type Beverage
Main ingredients Gelato or ice cream (vanilla), espresso
Cookbook: Affogato  Media: Affogato

An affogato (Italian, "drowned") is a coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. It is now common to have multiple scoops of ice cream so that in many cases the coffee is drowned by ice cream. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto, Bicerin or other liqueur. It is considered one drink, not a combination of coffee and ice cream.[1] [2]

Many restaurants and cafes seem to struggle with deciding whether the affogato is a beverage or a dessert. This has led some to add such extravagances as coconut, berries, honeycomb and multiple flavours of ice cream in order to justify a much higher price tag.[3]

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "affogato" entered the English language by 1992.[4]

See also


  1. Gray, Joe (2008-07-03). "Gelato + espresso = affogato". Chicago Tribune. p. 7. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  2. Leech-Black, Sarah (2007-08-15). "An affogato to remember". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  3. Tripadvisor Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Does English still borrow words from other languages?". BBC News Online. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.

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