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What is an Affogato? It is a traditional Italian dessert or beverage that includes vanilla gelato that has literally been “drowned” in espresso. Talk about the perfect dessert!! I have created the dessert version in a bowl, but you could also serve your Affogato in a tall, slender glass and allow the ice cream to melt before drinking through a straw.

A scoop of ice cream topped with espresso and chocolate shavings in a white bowl.

Recipe inspiration:

There is a tiny little restaurant named Lincoln Wine Bar in Mount Vernon, Iowa that makes the most amazing pizza that you will ever have the pleasure of devouring! I have been working on duplicating their traditional Italian pizza dough at home so I could recreate their amazing Greens Pizza!! 

The last few times that my friend Sandy and I went for our pizza fix, her daughter Sally joined us and ordered an Affogato for dessert…and I was totally jealous!!

It has remained on my “list of foods to recreate” ever since. I found myself on an “espresso kick” this month and I knew that I had to give this delicious dessert a try for myself…in dairy-free form.

How to make an Affogato:

So we are going to have to make do with 1/3 cup of Dairy-free Vanilla Ice Cream or vanilla gelato if you can find it.

Affogato ice cream cookingwithcurls.com

Place your ice cream in a dessert bowl, then pour one ounce of Espresso over the top.

A scoop of ice cream drowned in espresso with chocolate shavings.

I sprinkled grated chocolate on top for fun, but it is completely optional. Now grab a spoon and drift off to espresso ice cream heaven. Yes, that is a real place!

Additional Affogato serving ideas:

  • with a shot of Amaretto, Frangelico, or Kahlua.
  • a biscotti or cookie served on the side.
  • fresh berries.

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Show of hands….have you ever tried Affogato before? Have you even heard of Affogato before??


A scoop of ice cream in a white bowl topped with espresso and chocolate shavings.


Get your caffeine fix in dessert form with this traditional Affogato. Gelato or dairy-free ice cream topped with espresso, smiles all around!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ice cream, espresso
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • .33 cup vanilla gelato or ice cream a big scoop
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1 ounce liqueur of your choice optional
  • dark chocolate shavings to garnish


  • Place scoop of gelato or ice cream in a dessert bowl. My scoop is size 16.
  • Pour espresso over the top of the gelato/ice cream.
  • Sprinkle with shaved chocolate if desired.


Additional Affogato serving ideas:
  • with a shot of Amaretto, Frangelico, or Kahlua.
  • a biscotti or cookie served on the side.
  • fresh berries.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 56mg

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  1. I have it in my recipe file but never tried it. It looks fabulous. Do you use hot or cold espresso or doesnt it matter. Can,t wait to try now!

    1. Haha, that’s what I get for overdoing it with the coconut milk!! It’s a bummer, but now I just need to get even more creative. 🙂 Seriously delicious with the cappuccino ice cream!!!!

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