Bella Monica
Bella Monica

Bella Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellamonica.com/
  • Phone: 9198819778x
  • 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
130 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (76)great for lunch (55)great for outdoor dining (53)special occasion (53)notable wine list (45)romantic (42)good for groups (28)hot spot (26)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    f00die
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been going to Bella Monica since it opened, and it has really become a neighborhood treasure. The menu is well developed with delightful specials and excellent standards. The wine list might be overwhelming to some, but I find it wonderful - full of good options. It can feel a little cramped on occasion, but the food is worth it. I have a very specific and unique allergy and they always try to accommodate my special needs, generally without comment or any indication of inconvenience. I no longer live in the area, but when in town, I always try to share a meal there. I cannot recommend the garlic soup enough, or the management (and head chef Corbett) enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Raleigh
    ashleyryan8
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Whether its the notable wine selection, the baked ziti or the amazing hot bread you get while waiting for your meal Bella Monica is top notch! Even the owners come out and greet you like if you were family! Will always go here and recommend for guests in town.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average start, but nice finish
    BDUJeff
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were three couples getting together for a nice dinner and conversation. We ordered three appetizers (mushrooms, brussel sprouts, shrimp). Only the mushroomes were good, sprouts we burnt but undercooked and shrimp was blah. When the entrees were ordered, one person request GF pasta (which they have) and later when the bread came out they also brought out GF bread. (nice touch!) Tried the heirloom salad (which was an upcharge from the standard salad) which is fine, except the standard salad is free so $7.95 for the upcharge. Service was very good. We will definitely return, but will push back with the manager when food, prices, or service don't meet the expectations we have come to expect with Bella Monica.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    gelert
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always delicious, great service, a must for any lover of Italian food. Reservations recommended!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!!!
    CdubbandJoJo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Where do I begin??? The food was AHH-MAZE-ING! You could really tell the ingredients were fresh! The staff was incredibly friendly! I noticed one employee go above and beyond to help a lady with a take out order. I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Just plain fabulous. One exception is music which is sometimes jarring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There is a good reason that this restaurant is booked all the time. You can tell right way that the staff know what they are doing and the food is excellent. We will return soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always excellent
    longtimefolk
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    food was excellent and attentive and professional service: never a disappointment and a restaurant that we will always patronize
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    johncarync
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    There's a reason Bella Monica keeps winning awards--they have great food. It's Italian food with a chef's flair. Everyone at my table had excellent meals. They also have an extensive gluten-free menu. Reserve your table early as they will book popular times days in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost like grandma used to make
    Frac206
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was very good, friendly staff.. Only thing was it was hard to talk to the other at the table because the music was up just a little too much
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Town Diner
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We made a reservation at Bella Monica based on open table reviews. First let me say that the food and service were wonderful!!! We were running late because of a prior commitment so I called to change our reservation time. As a result the only table was outside. The person I spoke with made it perfectly that we would be seated outside. I was wrong in thinking that would be ok. That being said, the heat and flies made the experience uncomfortable. I only mention this because I would warn diners to eat inside ... Again, our food and service was GREAT!!! I would highly recommend Bella Monica as long as you eat inside.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food in Raleigh
    MiloDavis
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Having grown up in the NorthEast, we grew up having numerous awesome Italian restaurants. After moving to Raleigh the last three years have been disappointing when it comes to Italian food. We are thrilled to have found Bella Monica, the Italian restaurant here in Raleigh reminds me of being back in NJ. The owners of Bella Monica are from Brooklyn. And their food is top notch. The staff is also celiac and gluten free certified I believe. All the servers are extremely knowledgable with gluten free menu items. This has now become our must go to place. We bring all friends and family who visit especially from the north here for the excellent italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic