Bella Monica
Bella Monica

Bella Monica

  • 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 9193065542

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bella Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (77)great for lunch (61)special occasion (55)great for outdoor dining (54)notable wine list (41)romantic (40)hot spot (29)good for groups (28)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Second time ...even better than the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was our second time eating here and the food was even better this time around. A great selection of starters on the menu and there is something to please everyone in the main courses. Lots of gluten free choices, but if you love pasta, I highly recommend the lasagna. It may be the best I have ever had. Generous portions, as well. A friendly staff and the service was efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten Free Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Bella Monica has the largest Italian Gluten Free menu I've ever seen. And, it's delicious!!! They even bring out a piece of gluten free bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    Purduegal
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Brought my boyfriend here for a double date. I unfortunately have had stomach issues related to the antibiotics I'm on so had to order blander food than I would have liked. I had the garlic & EVOO fusilli which had wonderful flavoring! The other three guests had meat lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, & baked ziti. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. The bread was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    JSRaleigh
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We brought an out of town guest who is a foodie and he was floored by the food quality and atmoshpere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HotforTamales
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Best Italian restaurant in town. Food is excellent. Service is excellent. We've eaten there many times over the years and we've never been disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladyrider
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Love this restaurant! There was no waiting for my table - made reservation using OpenTable - and wait person was attentive, though slow. Food was superb! Have been coming here since its early days and prefer it to others - it is close to home and has excellent Italian food with a changing menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Love this place! Super friendly service, great crab flatbread, fresh salads, very nice wine selection. Great vibe. They were offering a Squash Pizza Special that sounded great.. Make a reservation.. Very popular spot!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SDMc
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We have enjoyed having business lunches over the past 3 years. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella Monica Lunch
    usetobeVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I've lost count of the number of times that we've gone to Bella Monica over the past 7 yrs. We have never been disappointed with the food, service, or price. We invited an old college classmate of my wife's from Wilmington, NC while she was visiting Raleigh. She and her husband were very impressed with the visit to one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    LuvTryingNewPlaces
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Had lunch here with 4 friends. The food was excellent. Service was great. I want to go back with my husband!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bella Monica = Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you don't mind the wait (even if you have reservations) ... which wasn't too long, you'll be glad you did wait as the food is great! We've never been disappointed in any food we've ordered, and they currently have pumpkin raviolis on their menu which are the best I've ever eaten. They have a very nice wine selection, and the servers are friendly and cheerful. It's a small restaurant, but if you are looking for a great place for dinner or lunch, I would try Bella Monica. You'll be glad you did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food is exceptional. I really love it here. It is hard to get reservations, so book early in advance
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not disappoint
    eatgrtfd
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Bella is by far one of the best restaurants in the area. The food is excellent, the staff outstanding, and the wine list in phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable place
    BobM
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Been to bella monica several times ove the past 5+ years for both lunch and dinner. The food is reliably good and so is the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have never been disappointed at Bella Monica! The food and the service are outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good!
    Allaina
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My friend and I have been going every two weeks to catch up and enjoy the amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Love this place! People who work here are friendly, happy and seem to enjoy themselves. Crab flat bread is the best.. I always have that. My husband had beef carpaccio. Outstanding and he is super picky! Wedding drop soup also good.. Nice wine list. Make a reservation because it's always busy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    fancythat13
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Bella Monica was wonderful, as usual. I love their Eggplant Parmesan! Great service, an excellent wine list and tasty Italian food. Who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Monica=Yum!
    MyFavorites
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Whether it's a snack, lunch or supper..we always enjoy dining at Bella Monica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding as always
    oldgreywolf
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Bella Monica has become my wife's favorite restaurant. She requires a Gluten Free menu and they have the best one in Raleigh. The food (even that that is not gluten free) and the service is always outstanding. My only complaint would be that the dining area is too small, but that may be the reason for its charm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosie
    Looking4goodfood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Absolutely delicious! This is the best italian food in the triangle.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I me some friends for lunch and was impressed. I thought it would be just another Italian restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised! The food was great, they had a huge variety of both flatbreads and pizza and the bread was amazing! I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding from beginning to end
    Lpap
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We recently dined at Bella Monica for a friends birthday. When I made the reservations on open table I noted that it was a birthday celebration they called later in the day to get the name of the birthday girl and wrote it on the sidewalk out front, just one of many steps they took to make the evening special. The service was great the food and wine equally impressive. Can't say enough about the customer service level at Bella Monica. Will definitely be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    Saul
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Bella Monica never disappoints. It is convenient, the food is consistently good, the service is friendly, there is a nice outside dining area and the outside area is dog friendly (the server will offer to bring a dish of water for your dog). Small private dining room & small bar area. Many patrons are regulars that live in the Olde Raleigh area, but the restaurant has a reputation that draws patrons from across Raleigh and beyond.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Ontheproduction
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was a great place for real Italian food. My wife and I loved it and the staff was very kind and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a gem!
    DHC1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love Bella Monica. Food is perfect every time & when you walk in the door, they seem genuinely happy to see you. Portions are a nice size, bread is divine & make sure you get the lasagna. Best menu around for gluten-free!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite neighborhood place
    Ladyrider
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Arrived for 6:30 reservation and had no wait. Only disappointment was the chicken and fennel lasagna had been sold out by 7 pm! It is only made once a week and is fantastic. Ordered the other special, a pumpkin ravioli with spinach. A bit too much garlic for my taste but beautifully presented. Had a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    From the personalized chalk greeting on the sidewalk by the front door to the candle lit birthday dessert, our group of women had much fun celebrating the birthday of one of us. Our table was waiting for us and every effort was made to please us. Food, as always, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost 5 stars
    GonetolunchGirl
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've loved Bella Monica for years. My only complaint this visit was that my entree salad was on the skimpy side. I'm very small and it doesn't take a lot fill me up, but there were just not enough greens to call a meal and to justify paying entree prices. Otherwise, my salad was delicious and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OffBook
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    How can you miss with a braised short rib lasagna special? Caesar salads were excellent...Gnocchi worth writing home about.... Service was very, very good and the food was outstanding. My family was visiting from Hawaii...where they have some amazing restaurants....they were truly pleased with the quality of Bella Monica. Thank you for a special evening. (I'm glad we made a reservation!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but terrible service
    Alisonloo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My husband and I have been to Bella Monica several times and usually everything is wonderful. Our most recent visit, however, yielded different results. The waitress was terrible, and had to be prompted to do even the simplest of tasks (bringing us bread and refilling our water glasses.) There was also a miscommunication between the kitchen staff, and our entrees were brought out before our soups. The mistake was immediately told to the chef who brought out our entree, and instead of removing our entrees and bringing our soups, he left the entrees and brought our soups. So, we had both our soups and entrees at the same time, both getting cold as we hurried to eat both. It felt very disorganized and rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nicecustomer
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Wait staff always very accommodating. A/C was freezing, fans overhead made it more so; fan was quickly turned off. My eggplant parm sandwich was a bit odd, I thought. Eggplant was maybe steamed? Not peeled, which left a somewhat unpleasant crunch. I had expected a lightly fried, or battered and fried eggplant, which was not to be. The pasta salad was not as tasty as usual - oil tasted a bit old. The special heirloom tomato salad was delicious for one friend, and the steak sandwich was tasty, per another friend. This was unusual for Bella Monica, though I haven't be there in awhile, so this may be the new norm. Upcoming lunch date in a few days, and I will be sure and order something else, assuming all will be well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience at Bella Monica.
    shughes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Recently had a girls' night at Bella Monica. We ordered a couple flat breads and a couple of pastas, all of which were great. A nice atmosphere for catching up with friends. The restaurant is always busy, but our server was great, even when we hung out at the table for a little while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere & food--OK deserts
    ILV2MTB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Randomly picked Bella Monica as a place near NC State to grab a late night deserts, coffee and maybe a snack as well. Ordered one of their flat-bread pizzas (had crab and spinach on it if I remember correctly), and it was pretty good. The deserts were just OK given the price of $7-$8 each -- I would not go back for deserts only (i.e., there are other restaurants where I would spend that amount of money and carb intake for desert ;-) I have enjoyed going to Cheesecake Factory for desert and found it to be money well spent on desert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian & Gluten Free
    Dawnstyle
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is by far the best Italian restaurant offering delicious gluten free options. I love the stuffed shells and the gluten free bread is spectacular. All of the gluten free appetizers we have tried have been fabulous. They even have calamari that isn't fried! Their regular food options are also delicious according to those in our party who aren't gluten free.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RaleighFoodieGirl
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We dined here before the Tom Petty concert on 9/18/14. So glad we made an early reservation. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and people watching!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • celebrated my mom's 96th B-day
    noodles
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our server was very attentive and funny. We had great entree's and they brought my mom a canoli with a candle and she loved it not to mention is was crazy good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food is great, the service is wonderful and I can't wait for my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Awesome
    EmerIsle
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was my 2nd time @Bella Monica, the 1st being about 6 yrs ago & I can't say anything about great things about it. Trevor met my date and I before we even hit the sidewalk. He informed is that our table would be ready shortly & asked if we were celebrating anything, we said yes, a birthday. He then brought us both complimentary glasses of Presseco to have while we waited. Once seated we enjoyed the fact that our server gave us time to talk and enjoy the experience before taking our order, etc. They did not have a shortage of staff and everyone was very attentive. The food...do I need to mention it was AH-mazing. We had the best experience, and cannot wait to go back. Oh! Make Reservations!!! It was a Tuesday night, and it was packed! :-)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out to please
    bugs
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Another wonderful experience. Great food, great service and great attention to details. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.