Tuesday 4 June 2013

Vanilla Sky
and Affogato al Caffè

Looking up
Late afternoon sky,
Vienna at its Midsummer best -
it is 5 PM and you need a quick pick-me-up?
Everybody knows Tiramisù -
literally meaning pull-me-up -
the Italian coffee flavoured dessert,
but there is an even quicker way
to restore your energy level:

Affogato al Caffè
is the answer!
All you need is a shot of hot espresso
and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

My first encounter with Affogato al Caffé
happened at the venerable Antico Caffè Greco in Rome.
Caffè Viennese, as it is called there,
arrives at your table in a tall caffé latte glass,
filled with two scoops of vanilla ice cream,
one on top of the other,
then "drowned"
in a double shot of hot espresso.

It is served with a long-handled spoon
to better reach every last bit
of that slowly melting iced dream.
Buon appetito!

A peek inside -> Antico Caffé Greco in Rome
(filmed in 1983 during an interview with the late Italian cartoonist and painter Andrea Pazienza)

Images and Text © by Merisi
R e p o s t


  1. Mmmmhhhh...die Sonne dafür hätten wir ja. :)

  2. Melted ice cream is pretty good.

  3. Pretty enough to eat almost.

  4. Beautiful skies and what a delicious treat to enjoy!! Hope you have a lovely week, Merisi!

  5. The first is my favourite, Merisi. Striking!

  6. Loved this post, Merisi! Anything to do with the taste, the sounds, the sights of Italian life is a pick me up - thanks for the clip from Antico Caffe Greco.

  7. Oooh! I must try some, we have lots of Italian cafes around here. Will let you know if I like it...

  8. This is Sujin, Merisi :) I can't leave a comment with my name and URL! I thought the first picture is the painting! :D I want to drink a coffee after reading your post!

    1. I had eliminated the "anonymous" function of my comment box.
      Now everything is back to before, i.e. everybody can comment.
      Sorry for that - I was trying to find out if I could avoid spammers that way.

  9. That first photo is so clear it resembles a graphic. You have the "eye" of a pro. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. I know I would love this! Anything with ice cream...
    Someday I'll try it
    Happy to see the spoon is back home on top of the glass.
    Heaves a sigh of relief...

  11. Thank you all for taking the time to leave such kind comments!

  12. I do not mix a good coffee with my ice cream, but I know it is very popular around here. Great and inviting pictures, by the way...

  13. Anonymous06 June, 2013

    Sounds very good!

  14. Aaaaah, yes! Coffee! My favorite beverage :^)


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