5 tips for the perfect evening at Gocciolina


— Fear not, foodies. Chef Aaron Benjamin of Gocciolina assures that with a little know-how, it’s not hard to snag a two-top or reserve a long table for a big family meal at his wildly popular restaurant. Here are our best tips to get the best table for your special event.

  • Call for a reservation 24 to 48 hours in advance, but know that popular seating times may be full. Think outside the 6:30-7 p.m. window.
  • For weekends and larger tables, you’ll want to make that call at least a week ahead of time.
  • Have a birthday or anniversary you want to celebrate on a particular day? You can make reservations about two months in advance – Aaron insists there’s really no need to make them further out than that.
  • Remember, too, that Gocciolina reserves a significant part of the restaurant for walk-ins, so when the mood strikes and you must have some carbonara, go for it!
  • No matter how you get there, once you do, be ready to enjoy yourself and to share plates with your family and friends. The seasonal menu changes regularly, and the specials board is always worth checking out. If you’re not already a regular, you will be.

Editor’s Note: On April 21, Gocciolina chef Aaron Benjamin will be featured at  TASTE 2016, presented by Johnson Lexus. This event is sure to sell out fast! The Grand TASTE Experience will be held at the Durham Armory, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The evening will feature 30 local chefs and a dozen beverage purveyors – not to mention a live jazz band!  Buy tickets at  tastetheevent.com.

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