by Debra

Dr. Dom Caristi

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – Smith Bites Interview with Dr. Dom Caristi

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Dr. Dom Caristi, one of The Professor’s colleagues at Ball State University; Dom and his wife, Kim are also good friends of ours and they fed us a wonderful dinner that evening.  I asked Dom to share his experiences about his Italian heritage and what he observed while teaching in Macerata (MAH-chuh-RAH-tuh), Italy in 2008.  I do hope you’ll take the time to listen – Dom is both entertaining and knowledgeable about the food culture in Italy – he has some great stories to tell!



Definition: Drowned; a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Gelato topped with a shot of espresso (eh-SPREH-soh – NOTE:  There is no ‘X’ in ‘espresso’!). Some variations include a shot of Amaretto or other liqueur.

Make one of these as they’re easy-peasy not to mention, delicious; but do take the time to sit and enjoy.  Don’t answer the phone.  Don’t answer emails.  Don’t text and sip.  And remember – you won’t grow old while sitting at an Italian table . . .


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Glad you posted the link to this over on Educated Palate because Affogato al Caffé is one of my favorite things. We lived in Italy for 7 years and ate out at least once a week and I almost invariably ordered one of these for dessert. So simple yet so absolutely perfect!


steve coon

Dom always has excellent taste…and advice. Very nice article.

I was especially pleased to see our mutual friends Wayne and Ferne Davis enjoying Kim’s hospitality in Italy.

Thanks for the pictures and lessons.


The Rowdy Chowgirl

Such good advice! When eating anything delicious, I need to remember no phone, no email, no texts!



I don’t consume either of those ingredients (espresso or ice cream). Sadly, my body doesn’t tolerate caffeine or dairy. But I can’t help admiring the picture. If I did consume those things, I think I would like them best together. Thanks for your lovely post!


Magic of Spice

Looks and sounds wonderful 🙂



I am sure this was a very interesting conversation. It is always fun to hear about other people’s lives, especially while living in another country. Affogato is one of my favorite desserts! Everyone loves always loves that combination. And yes, definitely take time to enjoy it!



That is a message I need to read & so agree with. Sometimes we just have to be in the moment enjoying exactly what is in front of us. A creamy/coffee affogato is perfection & worthy of that attention.



That looks amazing! Dom always reminded me of Richard Dreyfuss by the way. Is that weird?



I’m going to Italy for 3 weeks on Saturday and I’m gonna eat one of these for you while FINALLY enjoying the feeling of sea salt in my hair ^_^



I looooove affogato. It’s fun to play with different flavours of ice cream… vanilla is classic, but a scoop of chocolate or almond are really nice variations, too.
My dream is to order one of those and eat it on a piazza in Italy somewhere, but for now they still taste pretty damn good in my kitchen in Canada (at least until a long-lost rich uncle surfaces who can send me on an all expenses paid trip to Italy). Sigh. 🙂



Oh my. Affogato? Looks soooo delicious! How did I miss that on my trip to Italy??


Brian @ A Thought For Food

When we’ve run out of milk, I tend to put in a scoop of ice cream in my coffee. 🙂 Hey, it has sugar and cream… it’s what I’d normally add in.

I love that this is an acceptable way to have espresso… I want to go to Italy so badly!!!



I had the opportunity to have an affogato when I went to Italy a few years ago, and now I crave thick creamy ice cream whenever I order a shot of espresso. So delicious!


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