This post is very short. And very sweet. It’s all about a very tiny shot of heaven called Affogato di Zabaione.
The literal translation of affogato is drowned, in English. But of course my preferred use of the term is food related. Affogato is when you drown your scoop of gelato in coffee. And in this case the gelato in question is zabaione flavored.
You’d think that a shot of coffee with a scoop of gelato would be pretty easy to find in Italy, but it’s not. Most gelaterie don’t serve coffee, and most coffee bars don’t serve gelato. So to find the two together is sort of like the search for the holy grail.
Don’t worry. I’ve done the ground work for you.
After you’ve visited the Pantheon and Piazza Navona (because you’re going to be doing that if you are going to Rome, right?) head down the street to Fiocco di Neve. Now, here’s the hard part (are you listening?): don’t be distracted by the big display of about 20 flavors of gelato in the refrigerated case when you walk in. Stay strong. Keep going and head to the back of the small shop, to the coffee counter.
Ask for an Affogato di Zabaione. You will then be asked if you’d like piccolo (small) , media (medium) or grande (large). From personal experience I always order small, but instantly regret not having ordered a large, or at least a medium.
The rest is as you’d expect. Pure heaven. Although you can have an Affogato with any flavor of gelato, the Zabaione at Fiocco di Neve is the only way to go for many reasons. First of all it’s extremely creamy and rich, and stands up to the bitterness of the coffee. Also? It’s packed full of true Marsala wine. In other words, it’s really boozy, in a very good way. The combination of booze, cream, sweet and bitter will make you cry.
Also? If you did what I did, and ordered a piccolo? I’m pretty sure that means that you can walk right back inside and order another one.
Fiocco di Neve
Via del Pantheon 51
Daily 10-10. (open till midnight on Saturday)
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