C&C Wood Fire Eats’ brownie with scoop of quality gelato and a hot espresso shot poured over top. SAMANTHA DELLILO/Keys Weekly


C&C Wood Fire Eats has so many things up its sleeve other than pizza. We’ve spoken about their mouth-watering filet and my love for their mother’s mushroom appetizer.  But what if I told you they have one of the best brownies I’ve ever had in my life. 

My hand was forced to write this article due to the absolute flood of messages on Instagram every time I post C&C’s brownie. It’s overwhelming. I never thought a couple impromptu brownie videos would take off. I first ordered the C&C brownie years ago because the name caught my attention, a “pistachio olive oil brownie.” I am a major fan of all olive oil desserts, so naturally I had to try this one. I never order brownies anywhere and neither does my family because everyone I know is absolutely in love with my fiancé Mark’s brownie recipe. C&C is the first to compare to his. 

Let’s start with the basics: how I order it. Upon informing your waiter you’d like the pistachio olive oil brownie they will ask, “Do you want that topped with vanilla or salted caramel gelato?” I always pick salted caramel. Now here’s where I take it a step further and also where many of you started messaging me online. I ask for an espresso shot. No, this isn’t to sip with my dessert but to make my brownie “affogato.” 

The literal italian translation of affogato is drowned. It is also the real name of a dessert more traditionally called affogato al caffe, which is a scoop of quality gelato with a hot espresso shot poured over the top. I make a hybrid of the two with my brownie gelato affogato order. The brownie is served in a warm cast iron skillet with the perfect rounded gelato scoop perched on top. Simply grab your hot espresso and slowly “drown” your chocolate dessert by pouring it all over. The brownie almost immediately soaks up all the yumminess. 

A few tips: If I were you, I’d share this dessert. C&C’s brownie doesn’t play, it is filling. Definitely one of the more fudgy, thick brownies out there. Secondly, if you’re wrapping up dinner late, ask for your affogato espresso shot to be decaf or else feel free to take that 10 p.m. energy boost and go on a cleaning spree when you get home. Not that I did that or anything. Go to C&C and try their brownie the Florida Keys Eats way.

Samantha Dellilo
Samantha Dellilo has been in the Keys since she was 1 day old, so definitely consider her a Conch. Holding a passion for food since she can remember, while most kids were watching Barney, she was watching Emeril. "Being half Cuban and half Italian, food in those cultures is considered a love language. It's a total experience whether eating out or cooking." She's been with her other half, Marky, going on 17 years. The two met when they were 9 years old at Key Largo School. Samantha owns Florida Keys Eats, which is a blog of "must eat, must see, and must dos" from Key Largo to Key West.