Affogato al Caffe - Wakiya Restaurant

Affogato al Caffe - Wakiya Restaurant

Whether you call it a drink or a dessert, the affogato al caffè—a cup of gelato, typically vanilla, “drowned” in hot espresso—is a summer staple in Italy and, increasingly, in New York, where pastry chefs have started taking all sorts of creative liberties with the classic combination. A sweet story: Milanese pastry chef Gabriele Riva concocted this East-meets-West affogato for his Vietnamese girlfriend. The gelato, the Vietnamese-coffee cream, and the cookie crumble are made in-house; the Vietnamese coffee filters, Riva found in Chinatown.