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affogato Line breaks: af¦fo|gato
Pronunciation: /afəˈɡɑːtəʊ/

Definition of affogato in English:

noun (plural affogatos)

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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The first spoonful was luscious, like an alcoholic affogato.


Italian, literally 'drowned', past participle of affogare 'to drown'.

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