It's time to talk GELATO.
SI! It is! And what's better than when the two unite? Nada.
Pitango is a gelateria with locations around DC, VA, and MD, including:
- CAPITOL HILL - 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
- LOGAN CIRICLE - 1451 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
- PENN QUARTER (my go-to location) - 413 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
- RESTON TOWN CENTER - 11942 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190
- BALTIMORE'S FELLS POINT - 802 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Affaogato is discribed as, "The ultimate dessert-snack-energy-booster," and that's exactly what it is. A scoop of gelato is placed into a ceramic brown cappuccino cup and then topped with two shots of espresso. Pitango uses the finest espresso resulting in a beautify bitter-sweet taste. For many Americans, espresso is too potent to handle. The Italians, they love it.
With affaogato, Pitango caters to the American need for something a little bit sweeter in their cup of coffee. By adding a dollop of gelato the ice cream acts as a sweetener and creamer, slowly melting into the rich and delightfully bitter espresso. You can sip on your espresso and spoon out the gelato at the same time making for a caffeinated treat to wake up the scenes.
And when I say caffeinated, I mean CAFFEINATED. When I have had the affaogato at Pitango I leave feeling like I just went out for coffee flavored cocktails. I personally love the feeling of "givemeanythingtodoandiwilldoitIhavesomuchenergylookathowfastiamtypingwowthatwasgood!" But if you don't, I am sure you can get your affaogato made with decaf espresso.
Pitango recommends adding a chocolate or hazelnut gelato to the Affaogato. I have tried both, and while both are good, I prefer to add stracciatella, which is vanilla chocolate chip, (theirs has chocolate shavings instead, which is even better!)
I have also heard rumors that you can make a faux affaogato using Guinness in the place of espresso and Guinness ice cream in the place of gelato. Happy hour anyone? (But seriously let me know I am so down to try it!)