The dish: Affogato is gelato topped with hot espresso. In Italian, affogato literally means "drowned." Normally, that's a bad thing. But I'm a crime reporter. And Italian. And married to a Seattle native who is as coffee-crazy as you'd expect for someone from the hometown of Starbucks. So it's all good.
Here's why you'd like it, too: Plenty of people prefer coffee with their dessert. This is coffee on your dessert. The piping-hot espresso melts the frozen gelato for a tasty experience in opposites. But it's a dessert you should eat without dawdling, unless you don't mind ice-cream soup.
The details: Traditional affogato is vanilla gelato doused with a shot of espresso. But you can use strongly brewed coffee instead of espresso, and ice cream of any flavor works. Or go crazy and throw a shot of Amaretto or other liqueur on there, too.