Definition of affogato in English:



  • An Italian dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso coffee.

    ‘the affogato was to die for, with the bitter espresso perfectly complementing the sweet ice cream’
    • ‘The best choice that night was a martini glass of hazelnut ice cream floating in coffee, listed on the menu as nutty affogato.’
    • ‘The first spoonful was luscious, like an alcoholic affogato.’
    • ‘We could have easily done this ourselves but it was a really good Affogato.’
    • ‘There's also an underwhelming "granita of the day," and a cooling affogato, which is essentially a glass of vanilla gelato with a shot of espresso poured over the top.’
    • ‘You don't need any grappa to enjoy the small, even artful, rendition of apple spice cake (served with a little wheel of panna cotta) or the very nice vanilla-gelato affogato.’
    • ‘To end the evening, serve affogato, a simple but sophisticated Italian dessert.’
    • ‘But the affogato, an interplay of tastes, textures and temperatures, was the best.’


Italian, literally ‘drowned’, past participle of affogare ‘to drown’.