Affogato-An Italian Coffee Dessert Recipe

affogato italian ice cream

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.)

Italy Collage

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.

Melissa & the Tower

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!)

affogato dessert

Affogato-An Italian Coffee Dessert Recipe
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An indulgent Italian Coffee Dessert
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup International Delights Light Mocha Iced Coffee
  • 3 small scoops Cappuccino-flavored Gelato
  • Chocolate Shavings for garnish
  1. Scoop gelato into small serving dish
  2. Top with iced coffee and garnish as desired.


If you’d like to make your own Affogato al Cafe, be sure to visit International Delights to get a coupon!

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  1. says

    This looks awesome! My husband LOVES that International Delight Iced Coffee in the Mocha flavor. If I showed him this, I could get anything I want! I’m going to put this in my pocket for Valentine’s Day (or any day, it’s win-win for me).

    So jealous you’ve been to Italy!

  2. says

    I also became addicted to affogato when we went to Italy two years ago… that and cafe shakerato (iced espresso shaken with ice & sugar)… and cafe marrochino (chocolate and espresso)… I could keep going! This recipe is really nice for a quick & easy treat. Yum. Gonna have to get me some of this!

  3. says

    Ahhhh…the memories your post brings back. I went to Italy on a tour with my bff after high school many years ago, and back in 2008 we went to visit our daughter while she was there for a semester in college. Both times we only visited the ‘tourist’ sections of Italy. I would someday like to return to visit some of the lesser known regions, in particular Bari and Abruzzi, where my family is from.

    I saw a similar recipe recently on Food Network and thought..hummm, that’s something I might want to try. I think with seeing your post the universe is telling me I can indeed forego the calories and indulge. :)

    • Melissa says

      Isn’t Italy fabulous Doreen? We lived in Vicenza, in the northeast near Venice and Verona. It was amazing to travel around. I think Capri and Florence were our favorite parts!

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