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Bella Monica
Bella Monica

Bella Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellamonica.com
  • Phone: (919) 881-9778
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm
    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Corbett Monica
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sundays at our Nana’s house were special days. It began when we entered Nana’s house and the smell of the ‘gravy’ simmering on the stove would greet us at the door. Nana would fly out of the kitchen to pinch our cheeks, give us hugs, and lead us to the table full of food saying “mangia, mangia”. Sundays with Nana were days where everything seemed to stop for family and friends; everything except for pasta. Aunts, uncles and cousins would trickle into Nana’s house throughout the day to take their places at the table. The day never seemed to end as we would sit for hours sharing the food.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bella Monica’s Private Dining Room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. Bella Monica offers extraordinary food, an intimate setting, and gracious hospitality. Our completely private room can accommodate 20 seated or 35 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Trevor Chambers (919) 306-5542

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Duraleigh/ Blue Ridge roads
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large, shopping center lot.
A word from Bella Monica
Bella Monica Cucina & Vino is a family-run trattoria with recipes handed down from our grandparents. Our menu features Neapolitan dishes like gourmet thin-crust pizzas called, Flatbreads, Pasta, Seafood, Chicken, Local Pork & Beef dishes. Our tomato sauce is made just like Nana's. It's so good that we sometimes eat it like soup! Without a doubt, we serve the best cannoli you will ever taste! Our wine list features all Italian, hard-to-find selections that are a perfect match for our Pasta & Flatbreads.

We showcase local art on the walls and play a great upbeat music mix. You can dine al fresco on our patio and enjoy live acoustic music on Wednesday nights.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "For mid-week, this place was packed with people! Along with a glass of wine, I had the flatbread pizza and it was very tasty. I followed with dessert, Tiramisu which was excellent. The service was superb; I'd like to point out the General Manager (Josh?) was regularly checking with all of the customers, and made it his point to personally thank customers (or when he couldn't, one of his staff), and open the exit/entrance door for everyone. The bar area was very small and might hold maybe 5 guests; Bella Monica does not have a full-bar service but serves beer and a wide variety of Italian wines. My only suggestion might be to offer a full-bar selection. It seems like most of the neighborhood eats here and I can see why."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've lost count on the number of times we have been to Bella Monica. The food, service and atmosphere are fantastic. It is especially great for those with food allergies. They can accomodate those who eat Gluten Free, Vegetarian or Vegan with wonderfully plated meals that are abound with flavor. We will always recommend BM to our friends, family and co-workers....."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Bella Monica. We had a special occasion and Bella Monica did a wonderful job. We had a gluten free diner in our group and they accommodated his needs incredibly well. Food was good for all except the pasta with the pesto sauce was quite a disappointment. Frankly it was awful. If I hadn't been in a group I would have sent it back. All others in the group seemed pleased with their food. The bread was yummy and the complimentary dessert was out of this world. The first time I dined here the food was wonderful so perhaps this was just an off day for pesto. I would go back for a special occasion because Bella Monica did that right!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Delicious food and excellent service, as always. Don't miss the bean soup; it is so flavorful. Best lasagna ever! Generous portions, so you have lunch for the next day."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My wife and I have always loved the food at Bella Monica. The Lasagna is fabulous. We have enjoyed dining here on special occasions like birthday's and anniversaries because they make an extra effort to make them special. Just be sure to mention what occasion you are celebrating in the notes to the Restaurant when using OpenTable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We booked our reservation for a group of moms with babies. The staff was very accommodating. They provided several high chairs and breadsticks for the kids. They were not bothered by our noises or messes! I've always loved this place for girls nights and date nights...now I love it for family time, too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were quite excited to find a nice restaurant with such great gluten free options as well as excellent pizza. Loved the brunch."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant served wonderful and abundant food and featured great service provided by friendly and accommodating staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I scheduled a business lunch there on Thursday and it was a disaster. Parking was almost impossible and eventually I had to park at the bank all the way across the street. The service was slow and completely disinterested and the food was terrible. Usually their food was pretty good but not this time. I had a meatball parm sub with a Caesar salad and both were just a wet sloppy mess. Overall it was a very disappointing experience and certainly embarrassing for me as the one who suggested this spot for a business lunch."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Love this place. Especially when there is low volume with music and that they play tasteful music NOT LOUD JUNK! Somebody needs to wake up and provide honest choices with music levels. Sometimes the music is awful and too loud but there is no selection for that in review."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "If you are gluten free, Bella Monica has an extensive menu...not just a few items, but a full menu! Delicious food and variety. Great service, atmosphere and friendly."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The wait staff and manager were very attentive to our needs and the service is great. The food is not just run of the mill. They have things that you will find elsewhere, but I would say you would have a hard time finding anything better. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food in a convenient location. This is a dry area, food wise, but Bella Monica supplies a great place to go grab lunch."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Our table was ready when we arrived. The restaurant is busy but not at all loud. They serve beer, wine and soft drinks, no cocktails. Food was tasty, seasoned well and nice portions served hot. This is a neighborhood place, no real sign on the outside of restaurant except when you get up close you can see the name on the door. Overall nice place to dine, make reservations it is a busy place."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have eaten here a few times and the food is always consistent and fairly priced. Service was professional and prompt at lunch and the management is very attentive. Only challenge is parking is limited. Also this is a small restaurant, so I wold suggest making reservations in advance."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Ate here for the first time because they have a robust Gluten Free menu. Took a friend who doesnt need GF food and we both really enjoyed our meal. Will definitely eat here again and recommend it, especially for people who want to have great GF options (bread, pizza, stuffed pasta, and dessert included)"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Let me start by the food and the waiter service was excellent. I was dismayed when I had gotten there as they did not have a table for me. My guest and I were offered to sit outside or the bar. I was in a complete suit and with a client so outdoors in 90 degree temps was not possible. My client and I were discussing banking so sitting at the bar was not a possibility. It wasn't until another patron overheard and offered to go to sit at the bar that we were accommodated. I don't think I will confidently make lunchtime reservations again as I typically have 1.5 hours when I am there with clients and need to be seated. This was unlike prior experiences."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our only complaint with Bella Monica is that it's so popular! We've been dining there since it first opened and have continued to enjoy the food and the atmosphere ever since. The specials are imaginative but don't stray far from traditional Italian. The menu is diverse and the flatbreads are out of this world.The servers are consistently friendly, helpful and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food at Bella Monica never disappoints. Servers are always courteous and knowledgeable which helps when trying to decide from such an extensive menu and wine list! Restaurant is a little tight with makes it difficult for the servers but they manage and all with smiles on their faces. Definitely worth discovering if you haven't been there yet."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We found Bella Monica 7 years ago, before I found out I had Celiac Disease. I loved it instantly! Their food is absolutely delicious. The staff was so kind and helpful; they made everyone feel special. I was heartbroken to think that I could not longer enjoy their pastas and pizzas. Then I learned that they have an extensive GF menu, including the absolutely most decadent GF focaccia type bread I have ever had! I love Bella Monica and recommend it to everyone! Their ambience is lovely, the food is bar none, the wine list is superb. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Lively but not too loud, delicious food, creative menu and attentive service. Always enjoyable to spend time with friends and associates at Bella Monica!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We chose Bella Monica for our anniversary dinner because of their amazing gluten free menu, and they exceeded all our expectations. Our special occasion was acknowledged in several ways (chalk art greeting on the sidewalk, confetti on the table, and a complimentary dessert), the service was very friendly and efficient, and the food was delicious. We have severe intolerance to gluten, and they were very careful to keep our food safe, and to explain their procedures to us. We will absolutely be back. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Most accommodating! Setting up a special room for us made this a very popular event. Many people want to come back and enjoy your great food and hospitality."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Everything is always outstanding from the friendly greeting to the warm goodbye. There is no better food in Raleigh."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Perfect spot to grab a quick bite with table service and quality food. The menu offering is basic for this level of dining. Quality ingredients are used but portions are small and pricey. I understand quality is expensive but this seems a little more so. Service always exceeds my expectations. It does become very crowded even on a weekend night; so I highly recommend reservations. Despite the crowds, one can easily have a conversation. The noise level doesn't become unbearable. Also, I want to add that this is one of the few places I've dined that doesn't overcook salmon. It always comes out perfect!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food is always great and great gluten free bread. Been there every time we're in Raleigh. Never miss it."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places! We eat there wherever we are in Raleigh. The food is consistently excellent as well as is the service. We enjoy the ambience of a neighborhood bistro with all its energy."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Manicotti was great - space fantastic, Dish stayed hot throughout lunch. Waiters were attentive & nice. Loved our booth & there was a pleasant buzz of happy customers around us. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I recently went to Bella Monica for a lunch with my father. It was a Monday and we thought that there wouldn't be a long line, but I know this restaurant and knew it was better to go ahead and make a reservation. We arrived on time but there were no tables available inside and it would have been a bit of a wait, but there were some tables free outside. It was warm outside but with the covering and the ceiling fans they have it was actually very comfortable, even with a hot meal. The food was fantastic- it was the first time here for my father, and he loved it also. I love their chopped salad and got one to go also to have for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is the wife's favorite restaurant and she insists that her birthday dinner be held there every year . Cannoli for the birthday girl was a perfect ending. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This is a great friendly neighborhood gem. The food is so delicious. My favorite "go to" dish is their chopped salad with grilled chicken. I recommend the lemon basil dressing to go with this tasty salad! They also offer gluten free breads, pasta and pizza. Best of all, they have an incredible wine list!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at Bella Monica and our latest visit was no exception. Food is closer to an authentic Italian experience than any other we have known in this country. They have an excellent wine list and well prepared dishes that are well presented by their attentive staff. They must cope with space limitations and an awkward layout, but do so remarkably well. This is also reminiscent of many dining spaces in Italy and doesn't diminish our enjoyment or enthusiasm for Bella Monica. We discovered it over nine years ago and it is still our favorite."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have been several times to this restaurant and it's usually well worth the tight space and lengthy wait, but I was seriously disappointed with my last experience. I took my parents there for the first time, and the service was terrible. Our waiter was stressed out, short, and didn't pay us much attention the entire night. We had to flag him down to get his attention. He was also waiting on the huge table at the back, and I saw 2 different parties go through the restaurant before we left. The meal took over 2 hours, primarily because we were waiting for the server to take our order. Will seriously think twice before visiting again. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was great, and the service was spot on. When we would leave the table, they would be there to freshen the napkin, and adjust the chair. Overall experience was great, and the food was cooked to perfection. We had one more than expected, and they just pulled up a chair and made it work, no issues."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Since moving to Raleigh five years ago from Boston (home of the Italian North End), I've been in search of great Italian restaurant. Bella Monica is a great Italian restaurant with delicious bread and bruschetta, delicious homemade "gravy" and a nice variety of traditional favorites. The atmosphere is very casual but it is still appropriate for a special occasion. Reservations highly recommended. My family tried to go spontaneously three previous times only to be told there was a 2 hour wait. Make a reservation and you won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Bella Monicas and everything was as good as it could be.. Great food, fantastic service and wonderful people. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We asked for an outside table when making reservations. When we got there they did not have an outside four-top available. Not good planning on the hostess part because there were a couple outside large tables with two people sitting at them! The owner was wonderful and get tried to accommodate us at a quiet table. The restaurant is small so finding a quiet spot is impossible. Food is wonderful and that is what keeps us coming back but I will insist on sitting outside or leave!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We have been going to Bella Monica for the past 7 years and have only great things to say about the restaurant. They have wonderful food, terrific service, fair prices and a signfican GF menu. We have recommended this place to friends and family many times. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "As long as Bella Monica has been open, we've never had a negative comment about ANYTHING from start to finish. Suffering with Celiac Disease has its challenges, but they now have a FABULOUS gluten free menu - awesome! Whatever you order - and we've had it all - you won't be disappointed. The staff is like family - warm, inviting, friendly, attentive to a fault. The kitchen is on top of everything. Five stars all the way!!!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Bella Monica has been a favorite of ours for a while. It is located in an otherwise uninteresting strip shopping center but is a delightful place to have dinner with friends. It has a good wine list, exceptional service, wonderful food and is always busy! If you go, make a reservation or expect a wait. There is outdoor seating that is covered and protected from bad weather, making the scene more intimate than it would be if left open to cars passing by. We enjoyed a great pear and gorgonzola salad with shrimp and the Manzo flatbread...two choices that we would order again. At other times, we have enjoyed lasagna, baked ziti, and other specials. This place is one that we count on for consistently excellent food, service and friendliness. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014