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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.

Wine Spectator awarded wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "food was excellent and attentive and professional service: never a disappointment and a restaurant that we will always patronize"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent food, consistently. The lasagna is some of the best on earth. The desserts... well.. gracious..."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Italian consistently good, with attention to gluten free, vegan needs. Handles crowds every night with grace. Great to have this gem as neighbors. You can spend a lot on your romantic date, or have a just right bite at lunch. And your pooch is welcome on the porch."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Bella Monica has food many steps ahead of the cookie-cutter Italian retaurants and attentive, friendly servers, as well. The spinach-stuffed shells are my favorite - cheesy, well-seasoned and cooked just right. They are pricey at $14.99 for lunch, but they are delciious. The ambience is average - nothing special, but they do well with the space they have."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The menu was fantastic, service great and all around atmosphere was wonderful. Thank you Bella Monica!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is always great. They have an awesome salmon dish and a Monday night special that's braised beef with onions and goat cheese in a lasagna form. Delicious! Hands down the best beef carpacio I've ever had. Service was slow. We had a reservation and it took about 15 minutes to be sat. Server took another 5 minutes to get our drink order. She also forgot our carpacio appetizer....but after we reminded her it was on the house...granted it came out, at this point, after our entrees. Overall, still one of my favorite restaurants despite the service issues, occasionally. I would recommend, but not for kids. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Made last minute reservation while doing research at Raleigh library and were very pleased with the service and quality as well as quantity of the food. My daughter-in-law's family runs the same type restaurant in Augusta, Ga and Bella Monica was just as good. It is in a busy shopping center but still has a home town family feel to it."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This has been one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh for many years. The service is always incredible, everyone is so friendly, & their food is outstanding. Every time! They are always as accommodating as possible, even with large groups, despite how busy they are every single night of the week, & they also add a special touch to your experience when you are celebrating something! You can really tell they appreciate their customers, & that alone is remarkable these days!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We always love to eat at Bella Monica's. The food is always good, especially the eggplant rollitini. However, they need to hire more waitstaff on busy nights, especially weekends. We waited a quite a long time, especially for the check. Their music is loud and you have to almost yell to have a conversation when the place is full."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent, as always. Food, service, ambiance is excellent. Well executed operation with a personal touch."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "love ths place. from the friendlieness of the servers and hostesses, managers, etc. to the fantastic food offerings. Never been disappointed when I've dined here and would highly recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a great time with friends celebrating our anniversary. Food was wonderful as always. Lasagne was just right combination of the meat, cheese and sauce. Also had the cannelloni which was terrific. Meaty sauce, great flavors. Flatbread also delicious."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This restaurant served wonderful and abundant food and featured great service provided by friendly and accommodating staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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