One Great Plate: Affogato at Crema Cafe
Italy, oh Italy. Land of food done simply but supremely. A pizza charred on wood, finished with nothing but good oil and fresh mozzarella. Rice enlivened with mere broth and good cheese becomes risotto. And of course the affogato, nothing but espresso and a single scoop of ice cream.
The best in town? Without a doubt, it’s at Crema Cafe, home of Sonny’s Ice Cream. Order it, and a pretty bowl is presented, an island of pale cold in a dark warm sea. But this isn’t just any old vanilla, it’s Sonny’s exquisite vanilla bean–flecked, all-local, fresh ice cream, and each bite combines with the black espresso to create a chiaroscuro in your mouth of bitter and sweet, light and dark, deep and buoyant, happy and happier.
3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.