Word of the day: Affogato

Today's word of the day is affogato.  The literal definition from Italian is "drowned" but affogato also describes and names a dessert composed of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato.  Usually, you're served a shot or two of espresso in a little pitcher alongside a more traditional dish of ice cream and allowed to pour it yourself.  I prefer to pour a little at a time so the coffee doesn't all go cold at once.  Here's an example from Nebo in the North End (where, by the way, I recently had an excellent gluten-free meal with not one but two professors M)

Quite the striking black and white in color composition, don't you think?  Anyway, if you've read the above and looked at the photo you probably don't need a recipe, but here's Giada De Laurentiis' version which uses chocolate ice cream and a lot of whipped cream for a slightly different black and white balance.

If you're into ghoulishly-named Italian food (and who isn't?) you should also look up strozzapreti, a pasta dish variously translated as "strangled priest" and "priest choker." Yum.

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  1. [...] I met up with estimable marketeer R at Nebo the other day and while we talked of many things, I just had to order this from the new Fall menu because, well, I had recently blogged about it. [...]
  2. [...] After relatively brief and painless trip to the Somerville department of Traffic and Parking – would you believe a parking ticket from 1996? – I dropped in at the recently opened and oddly capitalized iYO cafe in Davis Square.  At iYO you can make your own waffles and extrude your own frozen yogurt.  Fortunately for all concerned, the coffee making is confined to behind the counter.  I combined some French Vanilla (since Davis Square is the Paris of Somerville) frozen yogurt with a double espresso for a makeshift affogato. [...]

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