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?
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.
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