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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.

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
  • "My family and I have enjoyed Bella Monica since we found it by chance several years ago. It is our favorite especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Bella Monica has captured the art of consistency in a restaurant, whether it is the food, service, or ambiance, and the amazing part of this is that Bella has accomplished this for 14 yrs. The Monica Family is warm and sincere, with Chef Corbett Monica and his Nana's recipes to tantalize our tastes. Bella's wine list is fabulous and some nights if we are lucky, we enjoy sitting at the bar and enjoy the huge selections of great Italian wines, with Wine Spectators awards. For our special date night or time with friends, we choose Bella Monica because we know there will not be a disappointment for the evening. Why put up with a mediocre experience when you do not have too , right?"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Bella Monica was an instant hit when it opened it's doors. It remains a very popular restaurant today! So happy to have it in my neighborhood!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my daughter's birthday with her two young children. It was a very nice evening for all."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I've been to Bella Monica twice in as many weeks now. The first visit was with some friends and the second time was to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. The food and service were excellent on both occasions and the restaurant was highly recommended by a number of friends. I cannot say enough good things about the experiences there. Our servers were attentive, explained the specials in detail and were able to point us to a wine that would suit our preferences. The management here obviously puts a lot of time and effort into coaching their staff. Bravo!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had made a birthday night reservation for the patio. Had to wait 45 minutes for a table despite reservation. Went to bar for drinks and bartender was basically not friendly and hard to get his attention despite being a small bar area. Food was just okay and not up to Bella Monica standards. I had loved this place for food, fun and ambience but not so sure I will come back too soon."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "the staff has always been the key to bellamonica's success & fame, my birthday din was no exception. the only thing we could possibly suggest to make this venue even nicer would be draught beer. it always makes us smile to notice our anniv or bday greetings on the sidewalk out front & to be remembered & warmly assisted by the staff. it's like family which is the reason we so enjoy bringing friends & relatives to this wonderful environment."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A very enjoyable experience from start to finish! Our guests loved the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We came here since (1) it was open for lunch on a Saturday and (2) its ratings were very high. The appetizers were nice, but the next stage was a disappointment. In particular, the two sandwiches our party ordered were very mediocre. The roll for one, while not stale, was very far from fresh. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. But given our disappointment with the food, I doubt we'll return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our reservation for 4 on Thursday, April 3rd was honored right away with immediate seating. That's when everything fell apart. Server took 10 minutes to acknowledge our arrival and another ten to bring wine/drinks and take our food order. Salads did not hit the table until 45 minutes after we were seated. Entrees were good, but certainly not up Bella Monica standards nor our expectations. Manager came over 3 times to acknowledge service issues...but only to acknowledge. We sat for over 15 minutes with dinner dishes in front of us while waiting for dessert or coffee. Service at Bella Monica has sunk to a new low. Good luck...our last time here after many prior visits."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food at Bella Monica never disappoints! Fresh ingredients, impeccable service and you get a great value for the food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We,ve been there quite a few times. Best gluten free desserts and bread. Food is always outstanding."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We were a group of six for dinner and were seated in the wine room. Had never dined there before but loved it. There were only 4 other people in the wine room that night and it was so nice to be tucked away so that we could talk more easily than in a more crowded room. And the food and service were excellent - as usual. Thanks for a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We went with another couple and it was their first time dining there. We told them about the large serving sizes and they certainly were. They asked to share a lasagna and it came in two dishes for them and there was even a piece to bring home. We had sandwiches and they were really big. Halves went home with us. I particularly liked the pasta salad made with orzo. Very flavorful. We will return."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food as well and wait and restaurant staff always goes over the top!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It is nice to experience the consistency in the quality of the food. The restaurant did an excellent job accommodating our tight pre-hurricane game dinner schedule."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "All staff very friendly and welcoming. Make reservations early; popular place. Great flatbread pizza options along with many other delicious dishes. Atmosphere is friendly and you can tell they have repeat customers. I highly recommend you give this restaurant a try. We won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The staff is what makes this place special. The food is fresh & simple. If you like to be able to talk & hear your guest without shouting, request an outdoor table in their heated patio area."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I use to live in Raleigh and enjoyed Bella Monica's. I've moved out of the area but when I come back to Raleigh, the girlfriends enjoy celebrating at Bella Monica's. It has great energy, excellent food choices and though it is always a full house, it's not so noisy that you cannot carry on a conversation. It's one of our fav's!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Bella Monica never disappoints!! It is a neighborhood gem with amazing food and great service!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Never disappointed in Bella Monica. Service attentive, food is great. Good variety - something for everyone including kids. Small inside so gets loud and crowded, but a great restaurant. If good weather recommend to eat outside as its quieter."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Fun, funky music. Intimate, fantastic food. Fresh fusilli pasta delicious! Loved it all!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Bella Monica provides wonderful food and service and really understands the term "gluten free"."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place takes gluten free seriously. I'm very impressed with how attentive and knowledgeable the waitstaff was. The only downside to our visit was that it was very busy at lunch time, and our poor waitress was covering too many tables."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Brought a friend for a first-time dining experience as we were celebrating a recent 'Salesperson of the Year' award. We decided to split an entree so we could get (2) deserts. Based on the servers recommendation, we picked a sandwich with pasta salad to split instead of a pizza. The chicken was dry, there was little to no cheese, and it was overall just not a good sandwich. (Chicken Parm) My friend ate one bite and didn't eat anymore and didn't like the orzo salad. I ate 1/2 of my sandwich (because I was starving and dumped parmesan cheese on it to make it more appetizing) and didn't touch the orzo salad. Sadly, they charged us for the sandwich even after we shared our feedback, which left a very bad taste in my friends first experience."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Super place all around. Friendly, food excellent. Service good. Only change I would make is softer, classier music. This rating form is NOT appropriate. There is NO PLACE to register a complaint about the music quality/sound level!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "As always, my experience was great - great food, attentive service, and got out in time to make the show at the PNC Arena."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I would have given the restaurant 5 stars if we got a table we requested when making a reservation. Very disappointed since it happened twice when booking through Open Table. The owner compansated with a free appetizer and appologized profusely - I just don't think they can control the seating when requested. The food was great, the service good, the atmospere casual and friendly."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service. I have always been satisfied with my dining experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I know this is an Italian restaurant, but I love the pear and gonzo la salad. I had blackened shrimp on it. Yumm ! We go about once a week and everything is always excellent!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great appetizers served quickly. Nightly specials are always the selection of choice. Delicious, fresh food served in perfect proportions by a doting staff..."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Good neighborhood restaurant, always popular. Cozy, and noisy, but not obnoxiously so. Very attentive staff and consistently good food. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We have been going to Bella Monica for about 7 years now and have never been disappointed. On this occasion we arrived promptly for our reservation, and were greeted by Monica who guided us to our table where we were attended to by Ashley for the rest our evening. The food was great and one of our guests was presented with a candle adorned Cannoli. We have, and will continue to recommend Bella Monica to our friends, neighbors and co-workers. They can also accomodate those who eat GF and VG, which is certainly a plus in our family."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The service and food was fabulous as always! I am a regular at Bella Monica - they always do an outstanding job!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Fantastic for anyone who requires gluten free dining. Extensive GF menu and great wine list. Do not miss a Bella Italian dining experience....gluten free or not!! Wonderful staff, excellent service, delicious food! I will certainly be back :)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I guess the rest of the food is good but I rarely order anything other then the Flatbreads. Great place"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Bella Monica is forever busy and rarely one can find empty tables. We arrived a few minutes late but our table was not ready yet. When it was, we were put in the very back of the restaurant in its narrowest part. OK, but not great. When I expressed my surprise - I made a reservation a week in advance - I was told that one needs to request a table up front or in the booth. Well, I will know next time:-) Food was very good (we both had salads), service was ok (had to walk up front to get sweetener to get it from the server there)."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Fun local area hangout. The service & food are good and the owners make sure that your experience goes well. We will continue to come back. Make sure you get a reservation."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The service was very slow at first. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks. But, we said something to the hostess and after that, everything we great! Thank u!"
    Dined on 1/13/2014