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Affogato in NoVa/DC?

I had an AMAZING affogato at 'inoteca in NYC and I can't seem to find anything like it here. 'inoteca serves it in tiny espresso cups...but I swear I could have eaten a huge latte bowl full...it was so smooth and creamy with just the right amount of espresso. One Manhattan Chowhounder said it perfectly "Inoteca's affogato is a can't miss! it's creamy vanilla gelato served in a tall glass with a shot of espresso poured on top. sounds simple, but is oh sooo yummy - frothy, frosty, a perfect blend of decadent deliciousness." I am looking for something as good as this...or at least something similar in the NoVa/DC area...anyone found anything like this?

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  1. Ah, the simple pleasure of affogato, which you can get in any bars all over Italy that have ice cream. I have not seen it in any restaurants here, not that I eat in Italian restaurants that much.

    There is an ice cream store in Arlington on Washington Blvd. Scoops Beauregard is not the best around, but it is acceptable. And they have an espresso machine. When I crave affogato and don't have any homemade crema gelato (rather like vanilla without the vanilla flavor), I will go there and order a single scoop, put in a larger dish, and an espresso on the side. I sit down and pour the espresso over the ice cream. That's about all there is to it. Unfortunately, the espresso is in a paper cup and the ice cream in a styrofoam cup, but what can you do?

    I've always marveled that nobody here has picked up on it and ruined the concept (e.g., "paninis," "lattes," and I could go on. Trust me, if it catches on here, very soon it will become what it is definitely not in Italy. It will be made with odd combinations, supersized, with syrup on top, etc. And spelled wrong.

      1. Dino has it on the menu.

        3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

        1. There is (or at least was) a coffee shop/bakery/gelateria called Gelatissimo in the food court of the Reagan building downtown; I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard a few people mention that it's a relatively authentic place, so I'd be surprised if they didn't have it.

          1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Unit 106, Washington, DC 20004

          1. Yay! I found a great Affogato at Il Fornaio in Reston Town Center...it's just as good as the one I had at inoteca in NYC...and it's served in a bigger glass! Yum! : )

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            1. re: AlliantK

              They have this at 2amy's from time to time I believe.

            2. I've never had it, and I am looking as well. But, to add to the discussion, for future seekers, I'm seeing great reviews for the affogato here at Pitango Gelato in DC: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pitango-gelat...

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              1. re: Ecrivaine32

                There's a Pitango in Reston Town Center as well.

              2. If you ever find yourself way way out in Loudoun County. the Mug n Muffin in Stone Ridge (Rte 50) has affogato. I have not tried it, but it's there.

                1. Dolcezza makes a darn good affogato.

                  I finally made it to the Georgetown location based on Steve's (fellow DC 'hound) recommendation. Lovely gelato, and hard to beat Stumptown espresso. Mix the two, and it's a good day to be in DC.

                  Pair the affogato with one of their churros and a person can die quite happy.

                  1. In NoVa, the oddest fusion place, Sweetberry, Korean owned, sells bing soo, frozen yogurt, crepes, waflles (later two made to order) and nice selection of gelato used in their affogato and bing soo. It has the atmosphere of self serve fro-yo places but the affogato is good as is the bing soo. The crepes, not so much.

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                    1. re: chowser

                      Is that the place near a Trader Joe's, in Fairfax, like on Pickett? I'm not in that area very often, but I've wondered in there and thought it was cool, but kind of hard to decide what to try. Good reminder to go back.

                      1. re: mselectra

                        Yes. It has my favorite bing soo in the area because of the gelato. The crepes and sandwiches are okay for a quick bite, since there is little in that way there. There is a bing soo w/ frosted flakes, gelato, condesnse milk that is wworth splurgin on. Kind of a great fusion of junk food. The funny thing (unexpected for a Korean place like that) is they do the fun designs on their lattes and it's surprisingly good. The last time I had a bunny design. I'm putting this in the perspective of it being a fro yo quick serve type place, worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area.

                    2. I would also always recommend Dolcezza for anything gelato, although I don't think I've had affogato there.

                      Won't be as good quality ingredients, but fwiw, I enjoyed an affogato at the Natl Gallery of Art espresso bar recently. I was really really tired and hot, aching feet, etc, which might be why it tasted so good.

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                      1. re: mselectra

                        NGA gelato is surprisingly good considering where you are, but otherwise not.