I can see why you it’s important to make reservations for this place—it’s beloved, and for good reason. Really flavorful food, fantastic homemade pastas. More authentic than anywhere else I’ve been to in the triangle area so far.
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May 30, 2019
The best Italian food is all about the simple fresh ingredients.. Gocciolina nails that every single time. It is understated and it's all about the fabulous seasonal ingredients prepared just right. Portions are just the right size. Make reservations well in advance if you want to go on the weekends or popular times.
Jun 1, 2019
I normally don't like cannolis but these were great! The grass-fed steak may have been the best steak I ever had. The appetizers and each of our meals were spectacular. You must get the double espresso. In short this restaurant set the bar.
May 31, 2019
Solid food... sometimes I don't like going out to eat cuz my wife and I are both good cooks and you don't get your money's worth... This time that was not the case The food was really good it's worth the wait.... The one thing I would say is the bread sticks they put in the glass on your table are just not needed. I recommend getting a bunch of the antipastos they are great. It's not even that expensive for Durham.
Jun 6, 2019
Geat Italian restaurant. Expensive place. But great people. The fish I had was to salty but the gave me free desert for it. It was the drinks and atmosphere that I went for.
Jul 6, 2019
From the time walked in the restaurant, I knew I would like the place. It's a busy spot and fairly cozy. There is a waiting room with the bar at the next door so if you are the person who can enjoy a drink or two while you are waiting, this is your spot.
Aug 11, 2019
Charming. Original. Fresh. Delicious. Exceptionally great service from Sarah. Reasonably priced and I especially like that the servings are not gargantuan. They work hard to reduce waste and honor the efforts of everyone involved with getting food from farm to table. We had Spaghetti Carbonara, Gnocchi, and green salad.
Aug 6, 2019
Absolutely one of the best meals I've had. Do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Gocciolina. Their staff are incredible and the food is so fresh and delicious.
Their selection of wine is amazing and they have great craft and Italian beers.
Laura M. Sayre
Jul 20, 2019
We've tried to walk in and get a table to no avail, but after securing a reservation well in advance, we enjoyed a fantastic meal Friday night. Food was great workout and served hot. The only drawback was it took 45 mins from when our antipasti was served to our entrees.
Aug 9, 2019
We ate at your restaurant this past Wednesday with our son and his wife- Alexis was our waitress. This was our first time eating there. We found the food to be exquisitely delicious, and enjoyed our experience immensely. There was one bump in the road, however, when we ordered a carafe of the house wine. We were told that that wine was not available, but that we could order a glass of wine (more expensive, of course) from the wine offerings, which we did. It would have been a better gesture had we had been offered a carafe of another wine from what you had in stock. This felt a bit like a bait and switch, and tainted what otherwise would have been a great eating experience.
Aug 31, 2019
The food is always great, and the specials are different every time I go. The staff is always friendly, attentive, and helpful. It's definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in Durham!
Sep 13, 2019
Amazing, surprisingly low-priced and affordable food. If you go, get either the salmon or any of the specials Gocciolina offers. You will not be disappointed. If you are less adventurous and are thinking about ordering from their pasta menu, order either the seafood pasta or the carbonara!
Sep 21, 2019
Definately one of the top Italian restaurants I have ever eaten at - easily better than a lot of places I've had food at in Italy itself. We came in right when the restaurant opened at 5 and even though about 30 people ordered (thankfully slightly staggered thanks to the excellent service crew that was right on top of how many specials were still available).
The wait between ordering and our appetizers was a bit long but understandable - our entrees arrived slightly staggered but considering we had lamb and fish no complaints there.
I can't highlight enough how good the food served here is, service is always attentive and excellent but never intrusive.
Recommend to anyone who wants a good evening dinner for both family and date's!